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Boone County Recorder 

Historical Edition 

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Boone County Recorder 

Illustrated Historical Edition 

K. E. Berkshire, Publisher 

Brief Sketch of 

Boone County 


Thursday, September 4, 1930 

by '.<Kis,ati\e. enactment of Vir- 
ginia, (he i ounty ui Kmru-tlt' was 
dissolved pec. ,ilf 177(i. One pun 
of u !■•'( ui c un that date Kentucky 
County, Virginia, with bounds and 
lima- as follows: "All that part 
there if arnica lies to the south and 
westward of a line beginning un tin 
Ohio river at the mouth of Great 
San .y Creek and running up •♦he 
saim and the main or nortneasterly 
bin: . Ii thereof to the great Laurel 
Ridge at • uuiberland Mountains; 
thence south westerly along the 
laid mountain* to the liiie of North 
Carolina," It will be observed 
that the north und western limits 
aie indefinitely named enact- 

In May 17K0 Kentucky coui ty 
was subdivided into three counties 
neither of which were called Ken- 
tucky t uunty ko there this name 
dropped out of History for awhile. 
These were named Jefferson, Fay- 
ette and Lincoln. Boone County 
wu formal eighteen years later in 
ITiik frtun CamptH'll County that in 
turn was form«>d from Hnrn'on, 
Acott and Mason Counties that 
wen- formed from Woodford Coun- 
ty in 17:»j. Woodford County was 
formed from Fayette in 17KK. 

Bonne I ounty; the thirtieth in 
order, was organized in 1 7tfh, and 
Burlt irton, the county seat, was 
in.01 |>..iHi«- i m 1K:M. it being then 
.jui:. aa large if not larger than 
the City of Cincinnati. The first 
authentic history - relative to the 
•es-d -owing of civilization in Boone 
County WHS , n J7:iy when a French- 
man ramed I.tnipieil di -covered 
Big Hone Lirk. where wild animals 
Congregated to lick the 
sedinu nt of the great springs that 
figured iid prominently in Ken- 
tucky's history as being one of the 
chief supply points for salt, by both 
the red men and the pioneers. 

The first white woman to visit 
Kentucky (and Itonre County) was 
Mrs, Mary Ingles, who with Mrs. 
r>ra|>er and her two little boys 
wen' captured by the Shawnee In- 
dUn- m old Virginia, and were car- 
ried to the Salt Wells (Big Hone 
Lick i From here, by strategy, 
»he is. ape I, and "by living on 
grapes, herbs am) barks she man- 
aged to get back to her old norm) 
having tc traverse a trirkless f or- 
—ev, not evert dari- g to follow a 
trail for fear of again falling into 
the hands of the savage*. Ono 
of the little boys died in captivity, 
the other after thirteen years' life 
with the Indians wis ransomed by 
hi.- father. ' * 

The first survey to tie made in 
the county was the Big Bone ('reek. 
This was made Julv 5, 1773, by 
Captain Thomas Bullitt. It was 
then also the discovery wai madi 
of the wonderfully well preserved 
bones of the mammoth and the 
mastodon, the place possibly being 
back in the mioline ami pleotocine 
ages a lick, for these huge and 
now extinct animals at this place, 
the largest mastodon bones and 
tusks yet to be found, were un- 
earthed, and now rerose in the 
British Museum, London, England. 
One of the first permanent set- 
tlements made in the county was 
at Petersburg, called then Tanner's 
Station, named in honor of Rev. 
John Tanrer, the first Baptist 
preacher to set foot on the soil of 
Boone County so far as known to 
history. In May. 1790, John Tan^ 
ner. a boy of nine was made priF 
oner bv the Tndisins. and in 179T 
Edward, a brother (both sons of 
Job^ Tanner) was captured and es- 
caped two days later, but through 
the Indians he learned news of his 
brother, whom it was afterward* 
learned snent his life witih the In- 
dians, and in 1818 became an em- 
ploye of the Government as an in- 

Daniel Boone, after whom the 
county was named, was among the 
first white men to trv to establish 
permanent citizenship in this sec- 
tion his keen knowledge of the" 
Indians, hia unfearlng nature and 

craftiness were self-installed argu- 
ments of his supremacy. The Big 
Ho-e Lick (>«it Springs) were in- 
ducements not to be overlooked by 
the frontiersman, for from the wa- 
t>r salt could be distilled, a com- 
modity that in those weird days 
was listed with life's luxuries on 
t ne border. 

The large gaiM» that ha<! been 
undisturbed for ages, save by In- 
dian hunters, also knew the ben- 
eticencies of these springs ag a 
lick, and to the intrepid Daniel 
Boon* was a i ideal place to kill 
such as he most desired. 

I'aaa from "Efie picture of the vast 
forest, teeming with wild game of 
every kind, the few log cabins at 
trading station*, Daniel Boone, 
I laying a game of hide and seek 
with the Indiars" Wiuh-'" chance of 
losing his scalp, to the tranquil 
scene of today, with the wonderful 

ucU. The fine grade of white 

burley tobacco grown hero is al- 
ways sought for at fancy price on 
the markets. 

Our Schools 

The schools of Boone County are 
fully up to the standard of any 
common school district in the State. 
The buildings are in very good re- 
pair and every facility is employ- 
ed— quite different from the old 
and roomy log school houses with 
wide fireplaces and slab seats, such 
as our forefathers had. Great 
care is exercised in the selection 
of competent educators, thus the 
best possible result i»»obt3ined. 

Churches ~~ 

The churches of the county show 
the predominating and txiwering 
strength of the Christian faith of 

novelist, John Uri Lloyd, The 
"Warwick of the Knobs," was in- 
spired by therich landscape view? 
in the southern part of the county, 
and the silvery brooks and creeks 
that sing sweet notes in their rip- 
ple to the lover of nature. Big 
Bone Spring, with its old-style 
hotel and waters known far and 
wide through their great curative 
power, is. a place of great interest 
to the traveler. 

A few miles from Burlington 
along the clefts, again one comes 
in contact with ornate creation of 
diversified scenery. Here, too, is 
found sparkling springs, with wa- 
ters pure and remarkably cold. The 
most admired of these springs is 
the great "Split Rock," set out 
seemingly without support, and 
from which gushes fresh cold wa- 
ter clear as crystal. 


Of, Petersburg: 


A great historian ..not- v.-rv truthfully said that "history, in iis .strictest 
«nse, i.s principally u matter of biography." It is largely upon this principal 
that this publicati on baa Um compiled. That this edition is incomplete is 
a self-evident ami frankly admitted truth, simply because there are not enough 

Keverting t<> the statement of the historian, and in substantiating his the- 
ory, it is our claim that if all of the biographies of Boone eounty'a men and 
women from the time of bet organisation un*tl the present, were comprehen- 
sively chronicled one would have the most complete history possible to produce. 
The theory upon which this assertion is -based, is the uncontrovertible fact that 
the men and their deeds make history. 

I he tY>uniluti"ii of all civilization everyone must admit is the church. In 
Boona there are ninny; some pjore pret entious than others it is true, but. never- 
thile— , all occupy and .deserve their proper place in her history. This cdi- 
tioti contains nil of the church data that we could obtain. The invitation was 
openly extended thru our meekly publication for many weeks and what the 
reader finds here is presented with the statement thai those not rep re s ented 
were omitted thru m> fault" of the publisher. — 

Admitting, as we do, thst we consider this publication somewhat incom- 
plete, yet we unhesitatingly contend t lint it contains information of vastness 
and value to l*dh the present and the future generations. Sometime in the 
future, possibly not so distant, we expert to publish another edition similar to 
this one. thus supplementing our present effort with a second volume. 

Relative to a general historical sketch of Iluoiie t'ounty it would indeed la 
difficult to product one more comprehensive, and. nt the same time as concise, 
;i> the one printed in the special edition published by the Recorder on^Yueust 
TH. li'Qo, just twenty-seven years ago. line to the fact th at there are a very, 
very few copies of that edition now in existence we are reproducing that sketch 
in other columns of this publication. 

It will be interesting to the reader, after digesting the paragraphs capti o n - 
ei| Farms, Roads, Schools,- Churches, Courts, Fruit Growing, and Commercial 
Life, to note tin- vast changes that have transpired during the ipiarter of a cen- 
tury that ha* elapsed since that day in August, lOflfl i While if may seem a 
long period to many, yet it is comparatively a short time after all, those twenty 
-oven •years', and tin changes that have taken place since then tire so marvelous 
that they would have paralysed the most vivid imagination of that acre. 

Farming, in its numerous diversified phases, is Boone county's life blood 
and it is of her farm and her fanners that her citizenship in its entirety is pre- 
eminently proud. When the supplementary volume of this edition is-published 
the kevnofe of the publication will lie Agriculture and Industry. In that 
volume we hope to exploit her principal resource, her farm lands, which are 
unexcelled for scenic beauty and for all practical purposes. 

stride of progress as contrast. In- 
deed, it is a far cry and hard to 
comprehend. Yet to be appre- 

Boone County today can pride 
herself as beting one of the most 
foremost in the State where relig- 
ious zeal, industry and education 
work hand in hand to make happy 
homes and a contented people. 

The fanners, with exception of 
few, are in excellent financial shape 
the per cent of indebtedness being 
quite small, and it is doubtful if 
there is another county in the State 
that can show as few mortgage* 
recorded. This with the fact that 
Boone is one of the largest coun- 
ties in the State ypcaks volumes 
for the prudence, satracitv and high 
standing of our husbandry. 

The fine blue grass _ pastures 
make stock raising of this section 
one of the chief revenues. 

Cereal raising and tobacco rais- 
ing are the chief agricultural prod- 

our people. Nearly every com- 
munity is represented with com- 
manding church edifices, eaoh being 
presided over by able and influ- 
ential pastors, who work in har- 
mony to advance the teaching of 


The county is represented with 
several towns of commercial 
strength. Burlington is the coun- 
Ty seat, with some f>00 population; 
Florence, Walton, Petersburg. Rab- 
bit Hash. Union, Hebron, Beaver 
Lick, Verona. Hamilton, Normans- 
ville and Bellevue. Krlanger is the 
principal laTfaW^ station of the 
County, but so closely is this place 
identified with Boone County that 
we enumerate her with our list. 


The picturesque scenery of Boone 
County is beautiful to the extreme. 
The pleasing story of the noted 

Our Courts 

Big courts in" Boone County seem 
a thing of the past. The legal 
business is light inasmuch as litiga- 
tion is concerned. Like all county- 
seats a jail is in evidence, but as 
six months has elapsed since a pris- 
oner has enitered its doors, so little 
is this place of county property 
used that weeds have grown up 
high around the main entrance. 

The county officials, without ex- 
ception, are gentlemen of the high- 
est standing. 

Fruit Growing 

In the past few years particular 
attention has heen givem to fruit 
culture, and the reward has been 
an excellent return for the invest- 
ment. Many orchards are being 
set out this year, and the time does 
not seem distant until Boone Coun- 
ty can in thi« line of commerce 
clnim distinction. 

By Edward Young Chapin 
The Recorder has asked me for 
some reminiscenses of the Boone 
County 1 knew in the late seven- 
ties and the early eighties. It waa 
a land of bucolic plenty; of stal- 
wart raenr* reajirng the harvest 
from fat acres; of charming wo- 
men, creating homes redolent of 
domestic joy. 

We villagers looked at this a 
little enviously. We ground the 
grain and; set it to fermenting; and 
gathered a vapor from it that 
Bishop Cannon would not praise;" 
but that had its attraction for 
the outer world. And we carried 
on the modest commerce that ex- 
changed the products of thS farm 
for the output of the loom, the 
factory and thetfoundry. 

This latter occupation was car- 
ried on in stores where trade 
never pressed; where there was" 
abundant leisure for the exchange 
of gossip along with the exchange 
of count unities; where issues, lo- 
cal or aatie- d. found time for de- 
bate. These stores were the gath- 
ering places of our philosophers; 
and of audiences that hung upon 
their words. 

We had keen appetites for news. 
A lavored tew would read the En- 
quirer after the "Water Witch" 
had brought it down on her first 
trip from Lawrenceburg. True, 
there were other papers published 
in Cincinnati in those aays — the 
Commercial and the Gazette, but 
these were 'radical" sheets, and 
found no rea..ers in tPetersburg, 
barring, perhaps, a "government 
officer or two. But they were 
foreigners and did not count. We 
wouldn't have believed the news 
in the Gazette or Commercial even 
If we had read it. 

The privileged readers < of the 
Enquirer would transmit the print- 
ed news to their less favored 
neighbors by word of mouth, be- 
ginning with those congregated on 
the river bank when the weather 
permitted. It filtered through the 
town until early canule-lighting; 
and then it was taken up at the 
stores, mixed with the gossipy 
items collected around town and 
out in the country, for final dis- 
cussion and determination. So rep- 
utations, local and national, were 
made and tost. So public senti- 
ment crystallized and became 

The two churches were our prin- 
cipal gathering places. Each had 
its preaching once — sometimes 
twice — a month; with services 
conducted without a minister be- 
tween. But if there was a secular 
gathering in the meantime, it was 
held at a church. Itinerant lectur- 
ers were heard there. I remember 
one, with picturesque locks and 
fervid rhetoric, who spoke on the 
battle of Gettysburg one night; 
on temperance the next; and was 
never able to speak after that, 
although he remained in town a 
day or two longer, because our 
local sons of Belial got him- drunk 
and kept him so. 

Don't imagine from this that 
we were a "wet" community or 
that drunkenness was not frown- 
ed upon. Petersburg was among 
the first towns-in the State to take 
advantage of the "local optittn" 
law, despite its distillery; and our 
local lodge of Sons of Temper- 
ance was a virile body whose 
memory I revere. 

Communication with the outside 
world was by boat — largely by 
our own little steamer that ran to 
Lawrenceburg and Aurora; there 
were no telephones and no radio 
then; but we were alert to what 
was going on; and we reacted to 
it as sensitively as you could re- 
act today. We had our concerts 
and "our amateur theatricals — I 
remember w-hen "The Lady of Ly- 
ons," was given at the Methodist 
Church upon a stage supported by 
whiskey barrels — snd we had our 
singing schools, when a teacher 
from the outside world would en- 

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(Continued from preceding page) 
liven the winter, closing, in a 
blaze of glory, with a concert in 
the Spring. 

Our farmer friends — they were' 
our aristocracy — produced blood- 
ed stock as well as grain. They 
were formidable contenders at the 
Fall fairs in northern Kentucky 

rid .southern' Indiana. These were 
among th*' notable occasions of 
theNyear: My heart quickens now 
I think of our own John 
Moody taking a fifteen minutes 
recess from his duties as ring- 
master at the Aurora fatr to ap- 
ipear in the gentlemen's riding 
contest with a stern rigidity of 
deportment that overshadowed 

It was a wonderful life, lived 
in an environment where rugged 
hills and a gracefully curving river 
inspired delight that was enhanc- 
ed by a soil so generous in its 
yield that our fields and gardens 
had to smile in spite of them- 
selves; and the people who lived 
it were worthy of their inherit- 
ance. Can you wonder that I 
shall always yearn to go back to 

that, is now Chicago. 

He first reached old Fort Dear- 
born, arriving there in the early 
evening, but finding no opportun- 
ity for lodging for the night. He 
was told that six miles farther 
on or thereabout, along the lake 
shore, there was a tavern where 
he cotil I get accommodations. It' 
was raining, everything- was wet, 
but this was the best he could do. 
Accordingly he rode along the lake 
shore until he reached the location. 
The wayside tavern alluded to 
proved to be situated in a very 

Thomas Rouse 

By Emma Rouse Lloyd 
•Thomas Rouse, the son of Boone 
County pioneers, John and Nancy . 
Zimmerman Rouse, who came to 
Boone County in 1805, was born 
on a farm near the present site 
of Hopeful Lutheran Church, Aug- 
ust 20, 1816. Mr. Rouse was an 
outstanding figure in political and 
civic affairs during the forties and 
fifties of the last century. 

He attended a country school 
and when a half grown lad went 
to live near Florence with Joshua 
Zimmerman, an uncle, his moth- 
er's brother. While here he clerked 
in a general store in Florence, 
owned by Dr. Menzies. - . 

In 1837 when he reached his 
majority, he was appointed Dep- 
uty Sheriff of Boone County. 

In 1846-47, he was a member of 
the Kentucky House of Represen- 

In 1850-51, he was in the Ken- 
tucky Senate from Boone County. 

He married Nancy Ann Hender- 
son in 1856. 

"Buffalo Hill," the home of 
Thomas Rouse, was named from 
the buffalo trail across the farm 
where the buffalo, after crossing 
the Ohio River from Indiana and 
Ohio, went to Big Bone for salt. 

In early times a trapper built 
his cabin close by the trail on this 
farm in order that meat might 
come to his door. As a herd of 
buffalo was passing he shot and 
wounded a cow. A bull charged 
and killed him. 

Buffalo Hill was located three 
miles west of Union in Boone 
County on (he Big Bone Lick and 
Riddell's Run roads. The farm con- 
tained one hundred and sixty- 
three acres. It was bought from 
L. L. Youell and wife, Frances, for 
$4912.00, by deed dated May 31st, 
1853. Thomas Rou~.e sold this 
place to Hubbard T. Buckner, Oc- 
~ Eober 1st, 1863. 

In the year 1841, Thomas Rouse 
rode horseback from Kentucky to 
Missouri, thence to the Kansas 
territory, looking for Albert Steph- 
ens, the son of John Stephens of 
Boone County, Kentucky. He found 
that Stephens had been driven off 
by squatters from the north, to 
Iowa. In this search he came to a 
river where there was a military 
camp on the opoosite shore, with 
a scow ferry. He was met by an 
officer who asked his business. He 
replied that he was lost and was 
endeavoring to reach Missouri. 
This outnost was Fort Leaven- 
worth. There were no settlers. The 
soldiers were here to quell the Ind- 
ian war about sixty miles to the 
west. - 

Mr. Rouse crossed the Mississ- 
ippi River in a skiff ferry, the 
horse swimminar behind the boat. 
Then he went about ten miles into 
Missouri and stopped for the night 
•if the home of a settler. Next 
morning his horse was gone. Fol- 
lowing his tracks back to the riv- 
er, every trace of him was lost. 
Another horse was procured and. 
Mr. Rouse continued on his jour-' 
ney. About two or three months 
later the lost horse arrived alone 
at his home in Kentucky. 

About 1R45, Thomas Rouse, with 
a spirit of adventure as well as to 
search for a better location than 
Kentucky for a home, made a 
horseback journey to the location 




swampy prairie, the only way of 
reaching it being by means of a 
plank walk, the boards being laid 
singly, end to end. Reaching the 
frame building he knocked at the 
door which was opened by the land 
lord, to whom he applied for ac- 
commodations for the night for 
himself and his horse. The reply- 
was: "You can take the horse to 
the shed and feed it yourself. I 
can give you a blanket and you 
can sleep on the floor in the hall 
above." In addition he was "served 
a late, coarse supper. This tavern 
was situated where now stands' 
the city of Chicago. 

In the morning, Mr. Rouse 
turned his horse's head toward 
Kentucky. On his arrival he stated 
he would not give his Boone County 
farm for the whole prairie with 
the lake thrown in. Land where 
Chicago now stands could have 
been bought at that time for «' 
dollar an acre. 

Thomas Rouse was a delegate 
from Boone County to the Presi- 
dential Convention which met in 
Bsltimore in 1844 when James K. 
Polk was nominated. With a party 
of friends he made the trip on 

When Thomas House was a 
young man he engaged during the 
winter mtfnths in running a flat 
boat from Cincinnati to Vicksburg 
or sometimes New Orleans. He 
would purchase the boat in Cin- 
cinnati and loa I it with the staple 
products of that city, flour, pre- 
pared tobacco, hams and bacon 
slabs (the entire side of the hog). 
Whiskey was also an important 
item, there being a large demand 
for it among the southern planters. 
However. Mr. Rouse did not de- 
pend upon Cincinnati for all his 
stock of provisions. His home be- 
ing in the Big Bone section of 
Kentucky, he wss familiar with 
the northern part of the state 
where tobacco, whiskey and wheat 
were the principal products, so 
these articles were not all pur- 
chased in Cincinnati. After secur- 
ing whatever he wished to buy In 
the city he floated the boat to the 
mouth of Big Bone Creek where 
the toad was completed with to- 
bacco packed in casks, bacon, 
whiskey from the adjacent distil- 
leries and flour from Norman's old 
stone mill at the mouth of Big 
Bone. This was quite an active 
locality in those days. Mr. Norman, 
being the principal factor, gave 
his name to the town, which loca- 
tion still bears the name Nor- 

During one of his trips to Vicks- 
burg, he contracted cholera which 
was then raging in this country. 
He was given up to die and in a 
letter written to his home it was 
stated that he was dead. This was 
printed as a fact in the Burling- 
ton Advertiser, January 20, 1849, 

as follows: 

"It becomes our painful duty 
this week to announce the death, 
by -Cholera, at Vicksburgh, Miss., 
of two more of our estimable cit- 
izens, Thomas Rouse and Orlando 
H. Youell. Both cut off in '.he 
bloom of youth and from lives of 
promising usefulness — leaving 
many dear friends to mourn their 
untimely loss, sadly reminds us 

" That in lh*» midst of life we 
arc in death!' We knew both these 
young men well — and we can trul> 
say, as can every other person 
who has ever known them a that 
we never knew them guilty of an 
improper action. Thos. Rouse ha« 
held several offices of public trust 
in the county, which he discharged 
well and faithfully. Winter before 
last, he was a member of the Ky. 
legislature,* where he comported 
himself so as to merit the approba- 
tion of all parties. Of Orlando 
Youell we can truly say, he was 
most admired where best knowr : 
and his relations an I friends will 
feel in his death an irreparable 

At the very time the print ap- 
peared, Mr. Rouse rode up to his 
home, quite recovered, in time~+«* 
read his own death notice. 

With the opening up of the South 
by the railroads and the changing 
of the cropB to, include more food- 
stuffs. " the freeing oL, slaves, the 
old-time methods disappeared — 
wiped out by what ia known as 
the march of civilization. 

One morning during the Civil 
War when' the family of Thomas 
Rouse awoke, the room was full 
of Union soldiers, asleep on the 
floor, a big fire having been built 
for them in the fireplace. Mr. 
Rouse was a strong Southern 
sympathiser, but he could not turn 
away this small company of young 
men, sons of his neighbors and 
friends, who came to his door in 
the middle of the night and asked 
for shelter from the zero weather. 

His family consisted of five chil- 
dren who survived him: Emma 
(Mrs. John Uri Llojd). Henderson, 
John T., Shelley D., and Annie 
(Mrs. Charles R. Bird.) 

In 1866 he moved to Grant 
County where he lived until his 
.leath. April, 1906. 

taken at Moores Hill College in 
Indiana and as a result of which 
he taught school in the winters for 
over thirty years, and occasionally 
u spring term. operating his farm 
during the summer months. 

In 1877 he was united in mar- 
riage with Miss Liberty Stansifer, 
one of the most popular girls from 
the Union community. She died 
in 1921 since when Mr. Voshell 
has lived with a niece of his wife. 
Mrs. H. I.. Norman, who with her 
husband mnke him a happy home 

Shortly after Mr. Voshell's niar- 

L. H. Voshell 


L. H. Voshell has beeil a resi- 
dent of Union for forty-one years 
happy in the blessing of hundreds 
of friends and though at an age 
(87 next Aogust) when most men 
are forced to sit beside the fire 
with their memories he is still 
hale and hearty going about wher- 
ever he pleases. He has not been 
ill enough to go to bed in over six- 
ty years giving as his jocular rea- 
son "a clear conscience and plenty 
to eat." Who knows but what 
that Is as good a reaso n as any. 
He has been temperate in all 
things though a mild user of to- 

Mr. Voshell's father, Mathias 
Voshell, came from Delaware in 
1805. His method of transporta- 
tion was by flat boat on the Ohio 
river which was probably one rea- 
son why he picked out Harrison, 
Ohio as hia first stopping place, 
building the first log cabin at that 
spot In 4827 he married a Wood- 
ford country girl, Ara Willis, at 
Petersburg. The subject of this 
sketch was bom of this marriage 
in 1843 on his father's farm locat- 
ed on the old Burlington-Peters- 
burg dirt road. 

He grew up in this neighborhood, 
attending the local schools and as- 
sisting with the innumerable chores 
always in evidence on pioneer 
farms. His higher education was 


riage the newlyweds moved to 
Sparta, Indiana, living there from 
1877 to 18N9 when he removed to 
Union his present home. He is 
the only survivor from eleven chil- 
dren, his only living relatives being 
nephew; and nieces. 

He is probably the oldest Mason 
in the county having joined the 
Burlington lodge in 1K«H, of which 
he is a Past Master He says his 
religion is The Golden Rule. He 
twice wss elected to the office of 
County Superintendent of schools 
servinjr from 1894 to i90Si. with 
education today one of his greatest 

Miss EunieBelle Willis 


Kunie Belle Willis wa< the daugh- 
'.r i.f Thomas. G. and Kunie 1' 
Willis and was born on their farm 
near Idlewild October gft, 1HKJ She 
attended private school in her girl- 
hood at Rullitsville and P«ers 
burg, finishing her education at 
Hamilton College She then came 
home, residing there as companion 
'c> her mother whom she greatly 

In 1921 she decided to take up 
nur*i"g as a profession, and en 
tered training at the Deaconew 
Hospital in Cincinnati where shi 
was graduated as a re*i*tered 
nu»sc four year« late--. She nT"> 
•riitk a -n<t»jrTndti « t«*' course ' 
public health at the Western Kc 
«rrvr U n i versi ty in Cleveland Af- 
ter completing this course of study 
she accepted the position of Red 
Cross county nurse here in 1885*' 
At the time she sfirtcd thi* wrk 
a great many people in Bonne 
County were unaware of the on 
pnrtunity n*esenttn» itself for work 
nf this kind. During these five 
vrirv however, Mis* Willis has 
ronsolidated the county in regards 
•o the Red Cross an I the many 
activities of public health work 

Miss Willis has attai-ed real 
nrominence in her profession, and 
i« looked unon with a geeat deal 
of respect from nurses doing the 
same good work in adjoining 
states. At everv convention of 
public health nurses in all sections 
if thr rnu-'ty that Miss Willis has 
attended she is invariably called 
unon to describe her experience 
'if work done in Boone Countv. 
Her love for this work is known 
by every man, woman and child 
in Boone County, and to the less 
fortunate members of these com- 
munities she is a veritable minis- 
tering aneel. Below is a brief 
account of iust one of her manv 
i*oo ' deeds that aopeared in a 
leading medical journal. 

The life of a Red Cross nurse 
has its drawbacks and tribulations. 
However, Miss Willis, the Boone 
County nurse, is ever ready to 
answer the call of need from the 
less fortunate members of the 
eommunitv. On a November day 
a* Thanksgiving time with the 
Methodist W.aar and the county 
high school play as an added at- 
traction to look torwajjKtn. Miss 
Willis was called from all this 
nleasure to the home of an unfor- 
tunate woman in the Verona sec- 

Miss Willis could go but part- 
way In her car and was then forced 

to dine several miles in a wagon 
through the cold and slush until she 
u rived at the rude log cabin hous- 
ing the woman she was U> visit 
there was little of Thanksgiving 
ior Miss Willi- that year, nut thr 
family *he atu-ndV«i was certainly 
thankful for a ministering angel 
like our county Red Ureal nurse, 
Mi-- K.i u Hello \S illis 

Willis Family 

William Willi! and wife, whose 
maiden name was Garnett. came 
from Virginia to Boone County late 
in the 18th century, and located " 
on a tract of land, which took in 
practically all of the terrttor> ly- 
ing between what is now Peters- 
burg and Bellevue or Grant. He 
was of Scotch-Irish decent. Wil- 
liam Willis and his wife lived to- 
gether 72 years of married life and 
he often stated that he hid "never 
whipped her." 

To them in their Kentucky home 
was born on March Hih. 1792 their 
eldest son, Benjamin G. who mar- 
ried Anr.e F. Grant on March 2, 
1814 and they resided on the same 
tract of land until his death in 
1X27. A ft erw ard * hie widow mar- 
ried Professor J»hi. Klliot, who 
during the Civil War was Presi ;ent 
•>f a College in Mississippi. 

To Benjamin Willis and wife 
- Kara horn four tons and one daugh- 
ter, the yo unge st son James l>. wa« 
bor:; December 11, 1X2»>, and mar- 
ried Virginia H. Arnold, daughter 
Of J a me* Arnold of Covington. Ky.. 
July 2'.nh. l»4f>, to whom were 
born two daughters and three sons. 

James D'srldeet son,- Thomas G. 
Willi* was born on March 2Iat> 
lho7. on a farm near Bullittsburg 
church, now owned by Milton 
Gaines. He married Kunie Dills, 
■inly child of be*** II. tad Eliza- 
beth Green Dills on June 21st, 
l*7i; Ihey resided the most uf 

their wedded life 4)k a farm near 
what ha* been Gainesville^ later 
I'tzinger. and is now Idlewild. Thii 
farm still remains the possession 
of their children. To them six 
children were born, three of which 
are living J/annie Willis Jones, 
wife of k'.dgar lieWitt Jones. D. 
D. of Detroit. Mich.: Kunie B. of 
Boone County and Albert G. who 
resides: on the old Willis home- 

"Turn Willis" wt< one- of Boon* 


County's most popular citizens. He 
served the county as assessor two 
terms. He love I people, was a 
prodigious reader, and a most 
entertaining talker. 

When the National Red Cross 
considered putting on a Nursing ' 
Service in Boone Co. the local Red 
Cross personnel hesitates! over the 
outcome of its acceptance, until the 
National Representative mentioned 
the fact that they hoped to obtain 
•Kunie B. Willis for the position, 
whereupon Mrs. Mabel - f,. Sayre, 
one of the county chapter's mo»t 
loyal supporters, exclaimed, "wall, 
if you can secure the daughter of 
Tom Willis it will be a success, 
she can ride on her father's pop- 
ularity until her own worth is es- 

Lebanon Presbyterian 

The available data on the I/eba- 
non Presbyterian Church is limit- 
ed. However, it will be interesting 
fMirfle that it is the oldest church 
of that denomination in Northern 

The church building is located 
in Grant County about half way 
between Critterden and Verona 
on the pike. The church is more 
than 103 years old and is still do- 
ing good work for the Master, 
under the guidance of Rev. W. T. 
Spears, of Walton, the present 





Prof. John Uri Lloyd 


It u difficult, indeed, well ni|{h 
impossible, for thin writer to ex- 
press the deep appreciation he feels 
for the privilege uf the all t jo few 

meetings with John Uri Dloyd. His 
magnetic personality linger.- in 
"-.,■'> CVBinQOIIfSia long after de- 
parture from hi* pleasant office, 
conveniently located ; ear his be- 
loved laboratories on an upper floor 
in the boil iinic housing Lloyd 
Urn h<rs Pharmacist* Inc., of which 
he is president. ^ 

Volumes could 1m- written around 
the lift of Mr. Lloyd, beginning 
with his b.iyhood days in Boone 
County, Kentucky, continuing thru 
the ailiieverasnits of his mature 
years that are known throjghuut 
the country. Lack of space in this 
edition will Dot permit us to relate 
the details of the fullness of these 
later years. Other prints give th 
record of what he has accomplished 
in his chosen profession of research 
in plant chemistry. 

John I'ri Lloyd was born at West 
Bio imtield, N. Y., on the nineteenth 
of April, 1S49, the eldest son of 
Nelson Marvin and Sophia Webster 
Ll«>>d At the age of five his -par- 
ents came to Kentucky, locating 
rirst at Hurltngton where the father 
was making- a tttrv*} for a railroad 
to be lined from Cincinnati to 
Louisville. For some reason not 
now known, the railroad failed t« 
materialize and the family moved 
to I'WersbUrg, »then to Florence, 
returning to Petersburg but finally 
sc l : ielT ilo wn in Floun c e where Mr. 
- WtijiI <pehl the mosj^of hia boy- 
ho ■•) day* »nd later made the town with his book on folklore, 
"Strlngtown on-the-Pike." 

This movtng about was occasion- 
ed by :ne fact that the parents 
tattk'h! --.chuuiin these p l a ce s, chang 
ing as hetter opportunities offered 
The father taught the older pupils, 
the mother the younger. Both the 
parents ,,f Mi Lloyd wen- well pd 
ucat4-,t and had been teachers of 
note in New York state before com- 
ing to Kentucky. 

John tin I.lo\ i's first teacher 
was-his mother. Fortunately she 
was most capable, for as a rhild hi- 
health was not the best, being a 
lufferer ffoffi asthma which would. 
no duubt. have prevented hi* nt 
ulir attendance at the short term 
public schools then available. 

t or a short time though he did 
attend a school at Petersburg, 
taught by a man named Etolton, 
who was "V.udying for the it Inil 
tr>' in the ( hnstian Church. This 
student of the Bible required each 
pupil to recite a verse from Pro 
verbs every morning which was. 
according to Mr. Lloyd, the begin 
ning of his (Mr. Lloyd's) [uteres I 
in the Bible and the htbit of quot- 
ing from it which has continued to 
the present time. His thir I and 
last teacher was his father, though 
thr ughout his boyhood he receiv 
ed *nu:i-h private instruction from 
hoth parents. 

Mr Lloyd's aptitude for Chem- 
istry was manifested early, in life 
and encouraged by his parents, He 
Scan no! recall even from the earl- 
iest years but one time that he de- 
termined to be anything except a 
chemist That instance was when a 
small boy he had cherished a sec- 
ret anibiti in to become a trapper 
in the far west doubtless inspired 
bv tales of Daniel Boone, Simon 
Kenton and ofher hardy lioneers 
who had moved on when Kentucky 
became "overcrowded." 

using a rifle for hunting squirrels 
and a shot gun for partridges. The 
pool at the foot of the bluff back 
of old Gunpowder Creek Baptist 
Church was a favorite place for 
fishing during fhe time he lived in 
Florence. Many happy -days the 
barefoot boy spent there with his 
fishing pole. He has recently pur- 
chased this .plot of ground with the 
intention of- beautify ing the church 

While living in Petersburg, he 
became close companion to Billy 


iiiailli y. a buy older than himself, 
whose father wis the ferryman and 
naturally mtntl nf thrir time was 
pleasantly occupied on the river 
and along the banks c>r the Ohio. 
This youth later became Lloyd's 
boyhood hero when he went to the 
army of the Confederacy, serving 
under Morgan and was killed in ac- 
tion near/Mt. Sterling in 1864. 

In 1X76 John I'ri Lloyd married 
Adalin*- Meader of Cincinnati, who 
died ten days later on January 7, 
1X77. Three and a half years later 
he was married to Kmma House ou 
the tenth day of June. 1HH0. She 
was a Boone County girl, a daugh- 
ter nf an illustrious family. Her 
father'* bicijjfaphy appears else- 
where in this edition. There are 
three ehildren by this marriage, 


The boy loved the country, espec- 
ially the woods, taking great pleas- 
'ire in roaming through them ac- 
companied only by his dog Turk, 
a stray pup that he begged permis- 
sion to keep and which became his 
close companion Turk apparently 
was anything but beautiful to look 
upon hut he was devoted to the 
little master bv whom he was 
greatlv beloved. One nf the saddest 
blows for a boy is the loss of his 
dog and this came about when John 
Uri had become an annrcntice in 
pharmacy at Cincinnati. No doubt 
time )ni"g heavy for Turk after 
his master left him. or perhaps he 
started going in bad company that 
lr» hiT astray for circumstantial 
evidence indicated that he wag im- 
plicated in sheep killing. To the 
.older folks there wis hut one pun- 
ishmen' fof such mischief, so. his 
doom was sealed hut the boy him- 
self put the- bullet through his 
head, nreferrine to do it rather 
than risk another not killing him 

In his younger days In Bonne 
County. Mr. Llovd snent mnnv hap- 
pv hours in hunting and' fishing. 
He was quite an expert with a gun. 

John Thomas, who is associated 
with his father in business; Annie, 
who married Dr. 0. C. Welbourn of 
Los Anjreles. Calif., and Dorothy, 
the wife of James Brett, Jr. of Cin- 
cinnati. They have eight grand- 
children, three daughters of John 
Thomas, a son and a daughter of 
Annie, and three daughters of Dor- 

With the consent of his parents 
on reaching the age of fourteen, 
John Uri was apprenticed to W. J. 
M. Gordon, a Cincinnati apothecary, 
at a salary of two dollars per week. 
He made his start in this profession 
literally at the bottom. His day be- 
gan at seven o'clock in the morning 
with the most menial tasks, and he 
was rarely through before nine or 
ten o'clock at night. Todav he is 
President of Lloyd Brothers 
Pharmacists Inc., with a standing 
second to none among manufactur- 
ers in this line. 

In a late issue nf the New York 
Times, the largest manufacturer of 
ginger ale had this to say about 
Professor Lloyd who established 
for this industry a marvelous ap- 
paratus «>f his own invention: "We 
submitted the problem to Professor 
John Uri Lloyd, a leading author- 
ity on botanical chemistry. He 
spent months in painstaking re- 
search — experimenting, testing, re- 
jecting- -until at last he discovered 

a process so revolutionary and far- 
reaching that it necessarily takes 
its place among the important bus- 
iness secnets of the nation." That. 
is but one example of his ever busy 
life. •» 

In HW3 when he went to Cincin- 
nati, an attic room in a cheap 
boarding house on East Third 
Street was his residence during his 
first year. Later he went to live 
with Mr. Gordon's head prescrip- 
tion clerk, Mr. Kief snider. Every 
third Sunday he was allowed a day 
off for the purpose of visiting his 
home in Kentucky. He was permit- 
ted to leave the store on Saturday 
afternoon at 3 o'clock and usually 
walked the ten miles to his home 
at Florence. Very often he walked 
back again Monday morning in 
time for business, sometimes carry- 
ing a carpet bag full of clothes 
which were washed and mended at 

In one of his autobiographical 
sketches, Mr. Lloyd says, "Most 
exacting was Mr. Gordon, and Mr. 
Riefsnider was no less so. No one 
spared pains in teaching me the 
rudiments of pharmacy but some- 
times I felt that my duties such as 
scrubbing the floors and washing 
the windows were far from the 
drug business. My work was hard 
but I made no complaint, and at 
the e.-.d of my first six months was 
highly elated when my salary was 
raised to three dollars per week in- 
stead nf the two and one-half 
agreed i»?on." This writer wonders 
wha'. would have been the thoughts 
of this fourteen-year-old boy had 
he been able to look into the future 
a nd see the success ani worldly 
acclaim that was lo be his portion 
in the years to* come. 

During the next two years he 
studied the dispensatory record of 
some drug each night and on com- 
pletion of this rigorous course was 
given a certificate of proficiency. 
At this time he was employed at 
Egger's Pharamacy, apprenticing 
himself the second time to learn 
the German prescription business. 
The young apprentice attended lec- 
tures at the Ohio, Medical College 
and afterwards took a course in 
Anatomy at the Miami Medical Col- 

In 18t>7. after completing his see- 
on I apprenticeship. Lloyd searched 
in vain for an opening in the drug 

-business, so h e took a posi tion as 

fodman in a Kentucky railway sur- 
vey nnder_his father. The following 
year he again entered the emnlov 
of the Gordon Pharmacy as a pre- 
scription clerk where his younger 
brother. Nelsnn Ashley Lloyd, was 
just beginning his training. 

It is interesting to note that at 
this time Mr. Lloyd was earning' a 
salary of six dollars a week, grad- 
ually being raised to ten dollars per 
week which seemed to him a very 
lucrative return considering the 
fact that all this time he hnd been 
learning a professional business in 
which he proposed to spend his 
life. He took no little pride in the 
fact that from the time his salary 
reached six dollars per week he 
saved a goodly portion of the sum. 
Counting his four years' appren- 
ticeship, he clerked for nearlv fif- 
teen yjars. In 1871 Professor Lloyd 
• sccepted the position of Chemist 
with H. M. Merrell A Co., in order 
to n-ake a systematic study of the 
eclectic materia mediea. 

Professor Lloyd passed an exam- 
ination before the Cincinnati 
Pharmacy Board, the first estab- 
Pshed in Ohio, and attended the 
first meeting of the Ohio Pharm- 
aceutical Assoeiaiton. called for the 
purpose of forming a State society. 
During all the vears that have 
pa«sed since that time, he has never 
Aile 1 to renew his certificate and 
is today a lirensed Ohio Pharma- 
cist, as were his two brothers. Nel- 
son Ashley and Curtis Gates, who 
likewise took the apprenticeship 
method of learning the pharmacy 
business. The thoroughness of<Tiis 
training and the exacting methods * 
of his preceptors were the founda- 
tion for the unique success of his 
present business. 

In 1878, Dr. Lloyd was made a 
professor in the E'-lectic Medical 
College of which he was president 
from 18SW to 1904. He also held a 
professorship in the Cincinnati Col- • 
lege of Pharmacy from 188.1 to 
1887. He has beeti' associate editor 
»f the Pharmaceutical Review, 
Eclectic Medical Journal and Ec- 
lectic Medical Gleaner. His scien- 
tilic works are' widely known as 
are his books on folk-lore and leg- 
ends of northern Kentucky. "Etid- 
'•rpha," "Stringtown on the Pike." 
'Red Head." "The Right Side of 
the Car,' "Warwick of the Knobs," 
etc., are all worthy of a place on 

the shelves of "peasant, priest or 

He was a founder and is presi- 
dent of the Lloyd Library and Mu- 
seum, a past president of the 
American I'harmaceuiical Associa- 
tion. He is a member of the Amer- 
ican Chemical Society, the National 
Eclectic Medical Association, Ohio 
1'harmaceutical Association, Auth- 
ors Club, New York; Franklin Inn 
Club and Franklin Institute, Phil- 
adelphia Sons ot the American Rev- 
olution, Society of Colonial Wars, 
Koyal Society of Arts (England), 
Societe Academique d'Histoire, In- 
ternationale, Pans, ami the Cincin- 
nati Academy of Medicine (hon- 
orary). Four times he was awarded 
medals by the American" Pharma- 
ceutical Association, also receiving 
the Remington Honor medal in 
1920 for research work in collodial 

Even though honored thus be- 
cause of his accomplishments there 
is nothing dearer to John Uri Lloyd 
than the County and people of 
Boone. He and Mrs. Lloyd have 
always found much pleasure in 
driving through the different com- 
munities, feeling it to be "home 
ground," regaraless of the tact that 
they are unrecognized by most of 
the people they meet. The older res 
idents will continue, as in the past, 
to consider Mr. Lloyd a best friend 
to Boone County, shown by his 
willingness to do much, without 
seeking applause for his hundreds 
of kind and philanthropic deeds. 

scene of many revivals. 

The ipresent building was built 
by Rev. George Froh in memory 
of Joseph C. Hughes, Sr., and ded- 
icated by Bishop H. H. Kavanaugh 
in August, 1883. The parsonage 
was built about 1900. 

Hughes Chapel was first put on 
the Petersburg circuit, then chang- 
ed to the Walton circuit and fin- 
ally was put with Big Bone and 
called Hughes Chapel circuit. 

Big Bone Methodist 

The Big BoneSjJethodisC Epis- 
copal Church, Soj^h, located at 
Big Bone Springs, Boone County, 
Kentucky, was organized in 1887. 
Rev. George Froh came to Big 
Bone in 1887. He preached in an 


This circuit has been served by 
such men as George Hoffman, T. 
W. Barker, George Prentis, Heber 
Wightman, Edward Mann, Nf. Hall, 
D. B. Cooper, C. S. Criswell, C. 
A. Tague, 0. S. Duvall, Harry 
Mills, C. P. Pilow, James M-r Bak- 
er, J. W. Parish. 

The present pastor Is Orin M. 
Simmerman, a native of Tuscara- 
was County, Ohio. Keeling the call 


organized a 
present build- 

old bar room and 
church and built the 
ing in 1888. Brother Froh came to 
America from Germany. He served 
throughout the Civil War. After 
the War he prepared himself for 
the ministry and served his church 
for nearly forty-five years. 

The present membership num- 
bers about thirty. The oldest mem- 
ber is Mr. John L. Jones, Sr. He 
has been officially connected with 
the church from its beginning, 
hauling the first load of stone for 
the foundation. 

Big Bone Church* has always 
been on the Hughes Chapel Cir- 
cuit. A list of the preachers serv- 
ing this church has been given 
above (Hughes Chapel.) 

The present pastor is Orin M. 
Simmerman. who live* in the par- 
sonage located at Beaver Lick, 

to preach he moved to Kentucky 
in 1924 and spent five years in pre- 
paratory work at Asbury College, 
Wilmore, Ky. His wife was form- 
erly Miss Pearl Ford, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ford of 
Guernsey County, Ohio. They have 
five children anil live in the parson- 
age at Beaver Lick, Kentucky. 

Burlington Baptist 

Hughes Chapel Church 

The Hughes Chapel Methodist 
Episcopal Church, South, located 
at Beaver Lick, Ky., was organized 
in 1878 by Rev. Geo. Bufflngton, a 
local preacher. The first building 
was a grange hall purchased from 

The Burlington Baptist Church 
was organized December 13, 
1842. The first pastor was known 
as "Elder" Robert Kirtley and 
preached for this church for sev- 
eral years. He was followed by 
his son. Rev. Jan. A. Kirtley, who 
preached for ,this church for 27 

Others who have pastored this 
church weVe Varuiman, Dicken, 
Carney, Fdllilove, Utz, Hoover, 
SproUw. Skillman, Early, Wayman, 
Baker, Wells, Stith, Campbell, 
Demoisey, Adams, Wood, Bates 
and Walker. 

The first church house was 
built in 1843, and remained until 
the year 1892, when the present 


the grangers by J. C. Hughes, Sr. 
Several of the early members 
came from the Mt. Zion Methodist 
Church. The old church was the 

building was erected. 

The present pastor is Rev. F. 
E. Walker and the present mem- 
bership is 220. 


Judge N. E. Riddell 


Boone County Womans 

- Charles Ernest McNeely 

Citizens Deposit Bank 


Albert Conner 


This writer is able to give a 
very clear history of the ancestry 
of Judge N. E. Riddell of Bur- 
lington due to the fact that a most 
concise and accurate history of 
his family and all its branches was 
published in book form in 1884. In 
a preface, the author of this book 
relates in detail the lineage of the 
early ancestors in England and 
Scotland showing that by two or 
more alliances with the royal fam- 
ily of England, the blood of those 
forefathers wus fused with every 
monarch that had sat upon the 


throne since King John. Natur- 
ally, members of this family rose 
to distinction and* of course many 
of them saw sefviee- in all branch- 
es of the army and navy. The 
first of the Riddell ancestors were 
among the Normans who came to 
England with William the Con- 
queror, their name being spelled 
originally Ridel, and those earliest 
forefathers were oL French de- 
scent These Norman ancestors 
established family- est s teg in Eng- 
land as early as the twelfth cen- 

According M the book, from 
which this information was obtain- 
ed, the first authentic and com- 
plete record of the immediate an- 
cestors of Judge Riddell we find 
that James Riddell was born in 
Scotland, coming to Virginia at an 
early date settling in Orange Coun- 
ty where he become a wealthy 
planter and slave owner. The wife's 
name was Mary (there is no record - 
of her maiden name,) and probably 
came from Scotland with her hus- 
band. The names of children of 
this_ancestor are -not certainly 
known and only one of his de- 
scendants could tell his name and 
that of his wife. His birth must 
have been as early as 1700 or 
1705. James TliddeTI died on Ms 
farm in Orange County at an ad- 
vanced age. 

The next in this line is William 
Riddell, a son of James who was 
born in Orange County, Virginia, 
the event taking place about 1725. 
This man mentions only seven chil- 
dren in his will; a complete ropy 
of that will appearing in the book 
this writer uses as reference. A 
peculiar part of the will is the fact 
that he divided his vast estates 
into three parts, giving each of 
his first three sons one third and 
leaving very little to the other* 
children with the exception of a 
negro slave to each. 

William Riddell, the great great 
grandfather of Judge Riddell came 
in for one third of this estate. The 
great grandfather of Judge Riddell 
also named William after his fath- 
er, and this William was born in 
Orange County, Virginia, on July, 
16, 1764. He was married to 
Joicy Neal. a lady of Irish descent 
who was born -in the year of 1776. 
This couple had thirteen children. 
There is a coincidence here as Mrs. 
Joicy Neal Riddell was born the 
year the Declaration of Indepen- 
dence was signed and had just as 
many children as there were orig- 
inal colonies in the Union. This 
ancestor of Judge Riddell was the 
first to settle in Boone County, 
coming here about 1812 and soon 
establishing himself as a man of 
wealth and 'prominence. He died 
September 7, 1816 and his widow 
May 23, 1836. 

John Riddell, the eighth son of 
William, was the grandfather of 

Judge Riddell. „JEbis ancestor was 

born in Orange County May 17, 
1804. He married Florenda Mc- 
Kay October 23. 1825. They had 
ten children. John Riddell spent 
practically his entire life in Boone 
County. He d»i February 11, 
1865, and his widow died January 
19. 1873. 

Fountain Riddell, the third son 
of John and the father of Judge 
N. E. Riddell, was born in Boone 
County, Ky., January 9, 1833. He 
was married to Louisa, daughter of 
Nathaniel E. and Jenina Bradford 
Hawes of Virginia March 10, 1870. 
Fountain Riddell was an attorney 
at law in Burlington for many 
years. He was educated at the 
Morgan Academy, taught school 
about one year and then commenc- 

The Boone County Women's Club . 
was organized in 1920 with eight 
members. The interest has in- 
creased and there are now twenty- 
five enrolled. Our club boasts of 
some very unusual musical latent, 
both vocal and instrumental. We 
have dramatic readers, writers 
and some amateur poets. We are 
proud to have among our number 
our Public Health Nurse. 

The club creates a feeling of 
good will and fellowship and is 
also instructive. \\ ,. have lost by 
death one of our best loved mem- 
bers, Mrs. Laura Botts. Those now 
enrolled are: 

Mrs. Eliza Voshell, Mrs. Genie 
Green, Mrs. Susie Walton, Miss 
Unie Willis, Miss Pearl Bolts, Mrs. 
Lula Hudson, Mrs. Ava Lou Wal- 
ton, Mrs. Missouri Rice, Mrs. Bea- 
trice Huey, Mrs. Ida Easton, Mrs. 
Catherine Easton, Mrs. Lizzie 
Goodrich, Mrs. Stella Berkshire, 
Miss -Kathryn Maurer, Mrs. Josie 
Maurer, Mrs. Nannie Cason, Mrs. 
Loulah Walton, Mrs. Pearl Hughes, 
Mrs. Clara Sebree, Mrs. Neva Se- 
bree, Mrs. Lulu Huey, Mrs. Mar- 
shall Hearin, Mrs. Josie Cason. 
Mrs. Mitchell and daughter. 

ed to study law. He was the rep- 
resentative to the State Legisla- 
ture in the session of 1861 and 62 — 
a time that tried mens' souls — 
and never was a candidate for po- 
litical office after that time. He 
was a Democrat in politics. Foun 
tain- Ridderi — tad four chlldrenr 
John and Mary, who died in in- 
fancy, and Nathaniel E. the sub- 
ject of this biogrsphy, and Hen- 
rietta Riddell, wife of A. B. Ren 
eckar of Burlington. 

Nathaniel E. Riddell was born 
in Burlington on July. 17, 1872. 
spending his boyhood days in this 
community and attending the 
Morgan Academy for his elemen- 
tary education. He attended the 
Cincinnati Law School, -now part 
- of the University of Cincinnati. 
from which he graduated in 1K1C. 
with the L. L. I), degree. Upon 
graduation he became... associated*,, 
with Judge John M. Lassing with 
whom he practiced law for sev- 
eral years. 

In ^1906 "he was elected County 
Attorney in a hot race against 
D. E. Castle man. He held this 
office until 1920 when upon the 
death of Judge Cason he was' ap- 
pointed Cpunty Judge to fill his 
unexpired term. He was elected 
without opposition 1n the next elec- 
tion and has held that office since 
that time. 

At the close of his present term 
as County Judge he completes 
twenty-eight years in public office 
During this time Judge Riddell ha* 
made countless friends and hardly 
a day passes but what one or more 
persons seek his advice on various 
matters ranging from personal af 
fairs to that of county business 
He also conducts an extensive in- 
surance business and writes all 
forms of insurance except life in- 

He was president of the Boone 
County Deposit Bank for about 
fifteen years as was his father be- 
fore him, giving up this office 
about three years ago when this 
bank was merged with the Peoples 
Bank. On Monday, June 2, 1930 
Judge Riddell was again elected 
president by the directors of the 
Peoples Deposit Bank to fill the 
unexpired term caused by the 
death of C. II. Youell. 

For about two years Judge Rid- 
dell owned and operated the Boone 
County Recorder, first selling a 
half interest and then the balance 
to the present publisher, R. K. 
Berkshire. Ho is secretary of Ma- 
sonic Lodge No. 264 at Burlington 
for twenty-eight years. He is also 
a member of the K. of P. 

Ju'.ge" Riddell has few hobbies, 
probably getting his greatest rec- 
reation from driving an automobile 
and obtaining first-hand informa- 
tion as to how it runs. 

On June 6, 1900 Judge Riddell 
was united in marriage with Katie 
Huey, daughter of William and 
Virginia Garrett Huey who were 
descended on both sides from an 
old Kentucky family. Mrs. Rid- 
dell is a 1tfe-long member of the 
Baptist Church. They have no 

When Judge Riddell entered his 
present office as County Attorney 
24 years ago there was not a free 
turnpike in this county. At the 
present time there is not a toll 
gate left. There have been fifty 
miles of pike constructed and 
turned over to the state, thirty 
miles of which is concrete] This 
county has two hundred fifty miles 


Charles Ernest McNeely wa.- 
boiu on January 31. 1886 the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. John I>. McNeely. 
both of whom are living about f 'Ur 
miles South East of Grant. Ue is 
the successful Cashier of the tit 
izens Deposit Bank at Bellevue. 
in which town he resides. He was 
married on the 11th of April, l'.'li 
to Etna McAtee. They have one 
boy, James Lee who is in the 
second year of high school 

Mr. McNeely's parents are both 
native Kentuckians, his father com- 
in g f ro m G a tiatin -Co un t y a mi h is 
mother a native of Boone. He is 
of Scotch-Irish extenuation on h*» 
father's side and is the fourth gen- 
eration of American parentage. His 
mother's name was Ryle whose an- 
cestors were natives of Virginia. 

Mr McNeely received his first 
schooling in local halh of learning 
going in 1909 to the Eastern Ken- 
tucky State Normal at Richmond. 
He completed his business educa- 
tion at the Wilbur Smith Commer 
cial f'ullege of University of K>- 
tusk) in 1911. 

These years away from home aU- 
school were taken during a leave 
s uf absence as clerk of a genera! - 
stare at Jackson's Landing when 
he went at the a*, of 21 to strike 
nut for himself. 

Seldom is found a yottfagstei 
enough desirous of learning a B5SF 
ness that he will work for nothing; 
but that is just what Mr. McNeely 
did during the year of 1912. when . 
he was associated >ith the I mon 
Deposit Bank to learn- the rudi- 
ments of the modern banking hous- 

In 1913 he was elected Cashier 
of the Citizens Deposit Bank, tak- 
ing charge on the second day of 
•May. His honesty of character 
has been a big factor in the success 
of that institution. The deposit* 
alone hav e increased 600*; since 
he took hold. He has been con 
stantly in this executive capacity 
except one year when he was out 
of the bank because of ill health. 

During the World War he was 
instrumental in over-selling the 
Bank's quota in both Liberty 
Bonds and War Savings Stamps to 
the total of over $75,000.00. He 
is the possessor of a citation from 
the Federal Reserve Bank for this 
wonderful work in behalf of our 

His hobbies are fishing, croquet 
and checkers, and he is a proficint 
master in all t>f them. Mr. Mc- 
Neely has been a member of ^the 
Baptist Church for twenty years 
and is a member of the I. O. O. F. 
Allinc Chapter No. 19, (ira/it. Ky 
he has been Noble Grand two or 
three times and secretary of the 
Lodge for srrvprar rears. Mr. Mc- 
Neely has lived all hi* life in Bonne 
County except the five years in 
Gallatin and no greater booster for, 
his comrrunity, county and state 
could be found than the object of 
this short sketch which so inade- 
quately describes, his history. 

of country road which is passable 
at all times of the year. 

While not alone in making these 
vast improvements it was through 
his foresight, energy and activities 
by which they were obtained. An- 
other much needed improvement 
during his term of office was the 
building of the new jail in 192K 
and the installation of modem 
heating plants and water systems 
in both the infirmary and court 
house. As probate kludge, Mr. 
Riddel) settles many estates and 
has a large criminal jurisdiction 
by reason of his office. There is 
not a man in Boone County to 
whom the people look with greater 
respect than Judge Riddell, and 
this confidence has never been be- 

While there are older banks in 
the county with larger capital 
stock there is none greater in p"ru 
portion than the Citizens Deposit 
Bank of Belleview, located in one 
of the Ohio river towns in Boone 
County, the Post Office being call- 
ed (.want. 

The Citizens Deposit Bank was 
urgunized to fill the need for an in- 
stitution ot that kiml in town as 
the nearest banking connections 
were either across the river, or 
at Petersburg or Burlington. With 
(he roads in those days so bad for 
travel at certain seasons it - wan 
felt that, ami the later suecesse ■ 
of the bank have justified that 
feeling, a deposit bank could and 
should be established for the good 
of the whole community. 

The new bank opened for busi- 
ness on the filth of ApjiU'.'Otf with 
headquarters in a Irame building 
which, though hardly a thing of 
beauty, was adequate for all pur- 
poses and eliminated the necessity 
of spending any of the capital 
stock at the for a banking 
house. The initial stock was sold 
to the amount of $15,000 which re- 
mains the, same to lay though more 
will be said later about the in- 
rrrase in business. 

The first president was James 
Rogeis with R. O. Ryle Vice Pres- 
ident, the latter being still on the 
board of directors. The fir>! 
Cashier was Forrest Brown with 
the following directors J. J. Wal 
t... W. B. Arnold. K. B. Brown, M 
J. Corbin, Jaspe r St llllv "n and Al 

The deposits on opening day to 
taled $2,706.1*5 which has since in 
creased to over $200,000 on deposit 
this spring- Much of this huge 
increase ha- l>een effected since the 
advent into office of the pr e sen t 
cashier for in 19IM the depo sits to- 
taled about $30,000 only. 

At the present time the Citizens 
Deposit Bank bus a iWplui of $1: 
000 which equals the amount 
cap ital slock an i in addition M- a 
total of $11.0(Mi u« undividdST prof 
its which is certainly "a most 
healthy condition for ar» hank 
inywhcrc, especially when it is un 
derstood that for ,< nuiitbci of 
years past the bank ha- ; aid a *tx 
percent si mi annual dividend to the 

• It falls to the lot of some indi- 
viduals to have the magnetic per- 
sonality necessary to make and 
keep hundreds of friends. In Bur- 
lington we find such a man in the 
persnn of Ijcwis Albert Conner who 
im- s|>cnt practically his wUole life 
in this county where he«r«s born 
and reared. 

His parents, Owen Perry, born 

March 11. 1X19. "and Ada Alice 
Carpenter Conner, born May 26, 

1851, reside I on s farm on the 


stockholders, which it still <«>n- 
'inues to do. 

During the year of 1927 it was 
decided to build a new home for 
the bank, which was done, and 
when completed rivaled any build 
ing of Its kind in the county, be- 
ing a decided improvement over 
the previous building as well as 
a great asset to the town. The 
building alone is valued at $65fm.nii. 

that being the cost. However, few 
people would ever guess that it 
•ould be constructed for less than 
ten thousand dollars. It is if 
brick structure, with ample -i/>- 
windows making the interioi ,i - 
light as out of doors. The fix - 



East Bend Rd. four miles from 
Burlington and that was where 
Albert Conner was born on Sept 
80, lt*7ii. He was the only son 
■ ml i ii ung e . ' t c h i ld of On* mupl e; 
the other children being Nannie, 
Eva and (drey who are all living. 
His parents are both dead, the fa- 
ther hiving died Sept 18. 1905, 
and the mother March •'•, I9SL 

In his younger days Albert at- 
tended the LOCBH Qrwra private 
schoot an-l took up farming which 
occupied him until he was thirty 
year- of age, when he moved to 
lurlington. This was in 1906 and 
j engaged for sixteen years 
in UbeT loose leaf tobacco business 
as a deiler, coming in con tact with 
hundreds of farmers each one of 
whom are quick and willing to ver- 
ify the honesty of all hi" dealings. 
During the Vear of 19117 he han- 
dled tobacco for the Pool organi- 
zat on, then active. 

From 1914 to 1921 be VH stock- 
holder, din. no and active in the 
work of the warehouse at Walton. 
Mr. Conner was elected a member 
of the school hoard and directed 
the present high school building. at 
An i n t ere sti n g sidelight in o>n- 
(Continued on ncict pige) 

'.his short history comes the per- 
sonnel of the present officers and 
directors. The stockholders choosy 
the directors and they in turn elect 
the officers Space here will n ot 
permit the history of these individ- 
uals, however many will be found 
elsewhere in this issue, but the 
affairs and condition of the bank 
is ample as well as positive proof 
'.hat no better men could have been 
selected to aerve. 

The president of the Citizens 
Deposit Bank is W. B. Rogers, a r 
son of the first president and he 
has held this office since 1923. The 
vice president is Henry (lore, who 
has officiated since 1924 in this 
apneity. Besides these gentle- 
men the board consist! of the fol- 
lowing public spirited and success- 
ful residents: R. 0. Ryle, John J. 




tures are of quartered oak and 
most substantial looking. A fine 
arrangement of electric wiring and 
lighting hns beflt erected in the 

To protect and secure the hooks 
and monies of the bank, one of the 
latest Victor, screw door, burglar 
proof safes was installed which has 
a double arrangement for locking 
One is the regular combination and 
the other a time lock that can be 
<<et to suit the convenience of those 
in charge. 

Last but by* no means least in 

Maurer, John W. Roger-. J. D. 
McNeely, N. E. Riddell, W. 0. Kite 
and R. S. Hensley. 

The cashier is C.'E. McNeely whe 
has held that position with honor 
and business integrity for sixteen 
' years except during an illness when 
his place was taken by H. A. Rog- 
ers, and has the respect 'and confi- 
dence with all whom he comes in 
contact. The assistant cashier is 
John S. ('lore, a world war veteran 
and resident of this county who has 
been Mr. McNeely's right hand 
man since 1924. 






Grover C. Ransom 



The history of (J. C. Kun.som of 
Verona is that of u young man 
who Uft bis WW county to seek 
work elsewhere, who rose high in 
his profession ut that place and 
through force of circumstances re- 
turned home and took up an honor- 
able jl,> ( . ii ion* his neighbors in 
hi* home community. 

Mr. Ransom is a descendent 
from .hi old Kentucky family that 
moved from Virginia in the early 
part of the new century following. 
the clone of the Revolutionary War. 
His father and mother, Mr. and 
Mrs. .1. K. Ransom are both dead. 
He was" born Sept. U. 1884 on his 
father's farm near Verona and here 
he received his local school train- 
ing- When still a young man Mr. 
Hans. on went to Chattanooga, Ten- 
nessee, entered the postal service 

John L. Jones 


Union Baptist Church 

Union Baptist Church, a branch 
of. the-- Big Bone Church, was or- 
ganized in 1K8G with thirty-five 
members. iMr. and Mrs. James 
A. Huey and Mrs. Annie Brislow 
bring the remaining members of 
that number. Rev. Lafayette 
Johnson served acceptably for sev- 
eral years as the first- pastor fol- 
lowed by Dr. Sam Adams. "Dur- 
ing the life of the church manv 
splen iid men have been called to 
the pastorate, among whom were. 
Dr. J. p. Stewart, who went as a 
missionary to Rome, Dr. Bradley 

il ni ' s \ n ;! w P««tor of University 
church, Baltimore, M.I.; Dr. J. H. 
uarber, of Hampton, Va„ and Rev. 
J - - s Wilson. Under the leader- 
ship of Godly men many have 
been added, to the membership. 
Kev. \ Ector Stephenson, a man of 
deep consecration, is now occupy- 
ing the rarsonage and serving as 
pastor of the church. 

Dr. L. C. Cowen 



•nd rose to the rank of Supertn 
Undent of the Money Order De ' 
part men! He was local Sacra- 

tary uf the Civil Service 
•ion in Chattanooga. In 1909 he 
marn.-.l * lenm-ssec girl by the 
nam,, of Anna Leoffler. This 
"•fey couple have three boys, one 
at th* University of Kentucky, and 
the two others in school at Verona. 

After twelve years spent in Tens. 
nes*»e, Mr Ransom was rilled bark 
to this county to settle his father's 
estate and remained here operat- 
ing an extensive farm until 1921 
when he entere I the Verona Bank 
a- Assistant Cflhiei 

Mr Ransii.n is serving a sec- 
ond term ik B agls trai t of the 
lis, al ( ourt from the fifth dis 
trirt. having the honor of being 
electe.l the first time without his 
name On the iicket and has done 
his par; during this time for the 
ut.buTlding of the whole County 
He i> also n member of the Verona 
School Baard. 


The search tight of -ptrhhr opin- 
ion i< focuseJ upon the life of 
Jnhn I.. Jones ami reveals a self- 
mude man of the highest char- 
acter who as a poor orphan boy 
caiife'bVk to Kentucky* the home 
of his forefathers, and through 
sheer grit and determination hon- 
estly forged his way to the tup, 
earning the love, respect and con- 
fidence tti all with wh >m he has 
rnme in contact. He is a de- 

cendent. on both sides, of old pi- 
o • eer Kentucky stock which is per- 
have nne reason for his achieve 
merits that cmic to him only with 
the hardest endeavor. 

Cur years Ml. Junes -was an ex — 
tensive operator of hundreds of 
n res of Boone County land, re 
' nng just one year ago to a bcau- 
titul an I cozy new bungalow lo- 
cated in the town of Florence, The 
immediate supervision of the home 
pi ice. "River View Farm" is left 
in the capable hands of his young- 
est son, John I.. Jr., though the 
greatest pleasure <>r Mr. Jones i* 
the tune sptnt in looking over that 
beuutifui sut where he lived so 
many happy years. 

To give a brief description of 
the Kentucky ancestors of Mr. 
Jones the writer takes you back 
nearly t„ the birth of independence 
in this ,• .untry for it was about 
that time when the great gr;,ndfa- 


that family moved on to the wilder 
und less thickly settled portions 
■I the far west of those days. 
What Is now A..air County, Mis- 
-ouri, was then stopping point and 
these hardy frontiersmen were the 
original buikiers of thai territory. 
I IK maternal great grandfather of 
Mr. Jones, Johnny Kane, left Ken- 
tucky with Daniel Boone and Geo. 
Kane, the son of this ancestor, was 
the first white child born in Adair 
(autinty, Mo. Jesse Jones, the pa- 
ternal grandfather emigrated to 
Missouri shortl> after rearing a 
family and whose decendents still 
remain with the execution of the 
subject of this biography. 

Mr. Jones was born in Adair 
County, Missouri, on September 17 

Th e su b je c t of this *fcetrh hi an 
Kpi-copalian by training, but at 
t*nd« the Baptist church due to the 
fact that there is no church of his 
denomination at Veront. He is a 
mrmiH-r'of the Masonic Lodge and 
is n pa«t master of Verona Lodge 
No B76. Kin grea.est enjoyment 
for recreation is automobiling and 
looking after an aatawsive farm la 
Bated on the pike between Varolii 
and Critten ten. 


ther of John L. moved into this 
state from Virginia. The true 
o. oncer instinc; must have been 
handed down to the next genera- 
tion because in 1825 the most of 

1858, the son of John T. and Win 
if red Conner Joni s. loth of whom 
were desended from pioneer stock 
in either side of the family. He 
grew up there on his father's farm 

(Continued from preceding page) 

nect on with this building was the 
fact that Mr. Conner drove the 
stakes for the location of the build- 
ing, sticking, to his belief that he 
had .elected the right location in 
^ the face of considerable opposition 
' from the other irembers of the 
board, who believed he had staked 
ou- -he wrong spot. The oppo- 
sition brought out the architect, 
asking his suggestions and after 
looking the ground over from all 
angles agreed absolutely that Mr. 
Con»er had picked the choice lo- 
cation A team of Mr. Conner's 
drew the plow that broke the first 
furrow in the excavation for the 
foundation of the high school. 

Mr Conner was deputy sheriff 
order B B. Hume during the 
years of l'.tll and 1912. During 
the next four years he acted in the 
same capacity under Sheriff W. D. 

For the four years from l'.l|7 to 
1921 Mr Coiner held the office 
of high' sheriff of Boone County, 
an office which he greatly honored 
and one that he filled to the sat- 
isfaction of everyone. Since 
reaching the voting age Mr. Conner 
has been a loyal and staunch mem- 
ber of the Democrat party, never 
failing to support the tirket. His 
goo I nature and iovial disposition 
endeared him to alV with whom he 
came in contact. This trait was 

in evidence to all except wrong- 
doers, many of whom have good 
reason to realize that his motto 
while in office was that similar to 
the Northwest Mounted Police—" 
"Gat your man." 

In 1988 Mr. Conner sold his 
home at Burlirgton moving to Flor- 
ida for the milder winter climate. 
Tlie following summer was spent in 
Florence, and again the advent of 
raid weather found him among the 
palms and summer breezes of Flor- 
ida. In the spring of 1927 he 
returned to BurlinjsjVon where he 
now resides. 

At present he is manager of the 
Burlington branch of the Boone 
County Farm Bureau, a position 
where his countless friendships 
stand him in good stead. 

He was married on September 
29. 1891". to Fannie Mae Latham, 
daughler of Mr. and Mrs. John 
Latham of Florence, both of whom 
were natives of Boone County. The 
marriage ceremony was performed 
by a great uncle of 7(1 r. Conner, 
Uncle Kd Stevens commonly called 
"the marrying parson." Uncle 
Kd also married the parents of 
Albert Conner. 

Mr. and Mrs Conner have one 
son living, Harold who was bornnn 
June 2. 1898. Julius Perry was 
born on March 1, 1!»00 and did 
wfth pleural pneumonia at the age 
of twelve on March 3, 1912. 

Harold attended the local schools 
graduating from the Burlington 
high school in 1915. At the age 
of 19 Harold served as deputy- 
sheriff under his father and as 
such was probably the youngest 
in the state of Kentucky. Despite 
his immature years Harold captur- 
ed one of the first stills found in 
Boone County. 

In 1925 Harold accepted a posi- 
tion as bookkeeper with the Dan- 
Gerow Co., of St. Petersburg, Fla.. 
a position he held for several 
years. At present he makes his 
home in Burlington, where he is 
successful in the breeding snd rac- 
ing of greyhounds. 

Harold was married to Louise 
Walton of Sayler Park, Cincinnati, 
they have no children. Both he 
and his wife own considerable town 
property at this place. During 
the war Harold attended an offi- 
cers' training school at Lexington 
and when the draft was called for 
the ages between eighteen to for- 
ty-five, Mr. Conner and his son 
went together to register. 

Lewis Conner, paternal -grandfa- 
ther of Albert Conner, was born 
in Boone Count v. Nov. 12, 1823 
and died Aug. 3, 1897. His pa- 
ternal grandmother was the daugh- 
ter of Henry A\lor, who was born 
in this county Nov. 8. 1825. She 
passed away July 2, 1910. 


Though away from Boone Coun- 
y nearly thirty years Dr. Lewis 
•'. Cowan will always retain the 
• nippy memories of his younger 
days spent in the midst of his 
hundreds of, friends in this section. 
Dr. Cowen was born in Burling- 
ton on November 12, 1848, the son 
»f Samuel and Marie A. Cowen of 
that place. On the 18th day of 
October, 1877, he was united in 
marriage with Jennie Hastings, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James 
Hastings, Kast Bend. Ky. Mrs. 
Cowen passed away in December, 
1928, and the couple were child- 

Dr. Cowen received his elemen- 
tary education in the available pub- 
lic schools in Burlington, receiving 
his advanced education at Ohio 
Medical College from which he 
jraduated with the degree of Doc- 
or of Medicine in 1871. His med- 
ical education was added to by post- 
graduate courses taken at various 
imes in Baltimore, Philadelphia 
ind New»York. He practiced his 
irofession in Boone County for 27 
/ears, moving to Rising Sun, where 
»e now resides, twenty-nine years 

Besides membership in numerous 
nodical associations and societies, 
)r. Cowen is a Mason, a' K. of P. 
and an Odd Fellow. His motto is 
to do right because it is right to 
do right. Probably many have 
heard this motto before, but the 
ones who live up to it are in the 
minority. Throughout his entire 
life-time Dr. Cowen has been in- 
terested in the advancement of 
Boone County and was ever willing 
t i contribute and cooperate toward 
this upbuilding. 

a. tending the local short term 
schools which were at that time 
the only source of education avail- 

At the age of ten years his 
mother died and we use his own 
humorous expression, "I wasn't 
raised, jtrst growedtrpr" Not long 
after this his father also passed 
away leaving the boy an orphan 
and practically a pauper. The fa- 
her had been one of those big- 
hearted men unable to say "no" 
to any of his friends who many 
times persuaded him to endorse 
their notes which his estate was 
forced to pay, wining out complete- 
ly his farm of 160 acres. 

The boy had often heard his 
Uncle relate the tale of tho thirty- 
day trip in a covered wagon from 
Kentucky which inflamed young 
John L. with the desire to return 
to the country of his forefathers. 
This he did at the age of twenty 
snd was soon hard at work on a 
farm near Big Bone at- the piti- 
fully small wage of $12.00 per 
month. This was his start in 
Kentucky but the spark of ambi- 
tion lurking within his breast 
would not permit low wages to re- 
tard his achievement for not long 
afterward he was operating his 
own farm and today is one of the 
biggest land owners in Boone Co. 
On February 24. 1881 he wits 
united in marriage with Sofie C. 

J. G. Renaker 

Ask nearly any man in Boone 
County who J. G. Renaker is and 
one will quickly be told he is cash- 
ier of t he Florence Deposit Bank. 
No fewer people will know that 
he is also in the real estate and 
insurance business which started 
as more or less of a side line but 
has since grown to large propor- 

. Mr - Renaker was born in Har- 
rison County July 24, 1880, a de- 
cendent of an old and prominent 
family of that county. His great 
grandfather, Noah Renaker, was 
the founder of the Kentucky branch . 
of the family, coming here from 
Virginia. His father was G. T. 
Renaker and his mother the for- 
mer Sallie Penn, both natives of 
Harrison County, who reared eight 


children, the subject of this article 
being the eldest. 

Until he became of age Mr. Ren- 
aker stayed with Jiis parents on 
their farm in Harrison county then 
spent four years on a farm of his 
own, in the meantime having made 
use of every educational facility 
possible, that would prepare him 
lor a future, broader in scope and 
opportunities, that he was not 
slow in grasping. He became cash- 
ier of the Florence bank in 190* 
after a valuable connection with 
'he Southern Ohio Electric Com- 

JheTrrowth of the bank has been 
extraordinary under his leadership 
as can be noted in another article 
in this edition. The public with 
whom he deals has implicit faith 
and confidence in his integrity and 

Mr. Renaker was awarded a 
medal of honor from the govern- 
ment for his intensive work pro- 
moting bond sales during the war 
and he was a leader in all other 
"ampaigns for patriotic punnoses. 
He is a member of the State Bank- 
ers Association, loyal to his 
church, a Past Noble Grand of the 
I. O. O. F. and a member of the 
Knights of Pythias. 

He resides with his wife at 
Florence, in a beautiful home 
across from the fairgrounds. His 
wife, the former Irene Cahili, 
whom he married on September 
8. 192ft. is a native of Florence, 
Ky. Mr. Renaker derives his 
greatest pleasure from automobile 
driving and was one of the first in 
the county to own one. 

The first members of the Con- 
ner family came to Kentucky some 
years prior to the Revolutionary 
War one member of this pioneer 
family continuing on to Missouri 
with Daniel B™ne when Kentucky 
bcfan to be "crowded." 

Mr. ( onner is a member of the 
Baptist Church, be.-s a Mason, a 
K. of P. and a Modern Woodman, 
attending the Burlington chapters 
of these lodges. He is interested 
In all kinds of snorts, fishing, 
hunting and baseball. 

Reib, a native of this county, who 
has been his inspiration through 
these many years. They have six 
children, all married, three boys 
and three girls. Harry F. who is 
'n the dairy business at Cincinnati; 
Jesse C. an Indiana farmer resid- 
ing in Ohio county; John L. Jr. 
who runs the home farm at Land- 
ing; Mrs. C. L. Stephens. Arcadia. 
Kv. : Mrs. John W. Avlor, Union 
and Mrs. L. M. Moore, East Bend. 
During his general farming op- 
erations Mr. Jones was a noted 
raiser of Duroc nogs for many 
years. He is an active worker in 
the Methodist Church and hauled 
the first load of stone, forty vears 
ago. in the erecting of the' church 
of thst denomination at Big Bone 
and still is a member. He has 
been a director of the Boone Coun- 
tv Insurance Company for twentv- 
•hree years and though never seek- 
'ng nolitical office he server) on 
the Enuau'zat-ion Board of the Tax 
Commission for twelve or fourteen 

Mr. Jones is a charitable man 
s-d has done much p-ood that none 
know about and won't if he has his 
way. however one alwavs can feel 
assured of his heartv cooperation 
and support if the rsuse 1s worthy 
and the improvement or good of 
the community the object. 


Florence Deposit Bank 

The Florence Deposit Bank, one 
of the most progressive institu- 
tions in Boone County, opened for 
business on the twenty-fifth of 
July in 1904 as the first bank in 
that town and after the need was 
apparent to all the influential peo- 
ple of that community. Throughout 
its existence, the stockholders have 
shown unusual judgment in the se- 
lection of the officers and direc- 
tors who have- guided the destinies 
and growth from a capital stock of 
$15,000 at the start to the present 
total of $35,000 which was inaug- 
urated in 1926. 

The first president of the Flor- 
ence Bank was W. H. Rice who 

St. Patrick's Church 


Patrick E. Farrall 


Union Presbyterian 


Verona Deposit Bank 



also had a great deal to do with 
■the formation of the depository. 
He was a man of sterling charac- 
ter, a leader in church work loved 
by all who knew him and his co- 
workers and the public in general 
sincerely regretted to see him 
leave Boone County when he gave 
up the presidency in October 1919 
and moved to Erlanger, where he 
resided with his daughter until 
the date of his death. 

W. H. Scott was the first vice 
president and no better choice 
could have been made. He saw the 
bank grow in influence year by 
year and he, in a large measure, 
was a factor in this development. 
Mr. Scott literally died in harness 
for he was called to his last reward 
quite suddenly while attending a 
directors meeting at the bank in 
1920. He was a devout member of 
his church and among many other 
enterprises had been a most suc- 
cessful dairyman. 

At the time of the formation of 
the Florence Bank, the highway 
through that town was the main 
artery of travel for most of the 
county going to the cities of Cov- 
ington and Cincinnati. No better 
place could have been chosen for 
a successful bank and it was on 
the main road where the building 
was erected to house the bank. II 
that road carried much travel in 
1904 it certainly carries many 
times as much now end it is hard 
to estimate the future possibilities 
when the through road from Louis- 
ville to Covington has become a 

In the erection of the bank build- 
ing every precaution was taken to 
make secure the place where the 
public's money was stored, with 
the necessary safes and vaults as 
first consideration. 

Besides Mr. Rice Hnd Mr. Scott 
the original officers of the bank 
were: C. W. Myers, Secy., with the 
following directors: E. O. Rouse, 
M. P. Barlow, J. S. Surface and 

B. H. Tanner, who with Mr. Myers. 
are still on the board. The other 
members of the present board are 

C. F. Blankenbeker, J. B. Respess, 
L. C. Acra and Theodore Carpen- 
ter, with Mr. Blankenbeker presi- 
dent'; J. S. Surface, vice president; 
E. O. Rauise. c ecretary, and J. G. 
Renaker, Cashier. 

Mi. Blankenbeker has been pres- 
ident since 1919 and Mr. Renaker 
cashier since 1909. Perhaps the 
Florence bank would have pros- 
pered without these two gentlemen 
f«r it was a sound institution 
from the start, but there is no 
doubt, as figures will prove, that 
since their advent into office the 
gr*wth has been steady and sure. 
Their high characteV and business 
integrity has instilled confidence 
in all their depositors and their 
earnings for the stockholders have 
been both pleasing and profitable. 

The assistant cashiers of the 
bank are Mrs. Eva R. Miller who 
has been a valued employee since 
1916, and Mrs. George Y. Tanner 
since August. 1926. The friendly 
spirit and reliability of both these 
ladies has been appreciated by the 
customers as well as the bank. 


This parish was begun by a num- 
ber of Irish immigrants. The first 
that came was Mr. Thomas O. 
Dwyer. He came to Cincinnati 
from Ireland, leaving a large fam- 
ily behind him. He came from Cin- 
cinnati to Verona to work on the 
farm of a certain Mr. Hudson, 
later his family was brought over 
and located on Mr. Hudson's farm. 
Other country men followed Mr. 
Dwyer and worked in the neighbor- 
hood and on Sundays the home of 
Mr. Dwyer was headquarters for a 
short while. Then others came 
with families or the young fellows 
married and began homes of their 
own till there was a number at 
Irish homes scattered over the 
neighborhood. There were fam- 
ilies around Crittenden by the 
names of Murphy and Flynns. Fa- 
ther Willey, it seems, came to ad 
minister to them first, and wc"ht 
from house to house and had serv- 
ices, and by this time a number of 
families by the name of Dwyer. 
Ryan. Dempaey. Carr and Cane an. I 
others wvr* living around Vero- 
na. Father Willey also came on 
to them. These trips were hard 
ones for the priest because they 
were made on horseback mostly, 
and the trip was made from Cov- 

In 1865 John Dempsey, who lived 
near where the church now stands 
gave a lot for a church. Rev. Fa- 
ther Watson, who succeeded Father 
Willey, built what is now St. Pat 
rick's church at Verona. Since 
that time many other Catholic « 
have moved in and many other 
pastors Have come to care for the 
spiritual wants of the people. But. 
working conditions have" changed 
many of the young and they went 
where they could do better. All 
the old folks have passed away 
and in spite, of the fact that many 
big families among them there 
seems never tn have been more 
in our church than were prepared 
for in 1865. 

The history of Patrick F.. Farrell. 
known as Ed by his friends, is that 
of a man without the advantages 
of wealth at the start, who worked 
hard during his life and has been 
given a high place in his commun- 
ity because of his honesty and in- 
tegrity of character. 

Though leading a simple life and 
most unassuming he wields con- 
siderable influence for good, and 
when the bank of Verona was or- 
g.iized he was elected a director 
and still is. He, with the presi- 
dent of that institution are the only- 
two remaining original member- 
of the Board. 

Mr. Farrell is of Irish descent, 
his father and mother both com- 
ing from southern Ireland at a 
youthful age about the year of 
1855. His mother's family came 
straight to Boone County, settling 
in Verona and the father's family 
stopping in Kenton County. After 
the marriage of his parents the 
father settled down at Verona, re- 
maining there until he died in 1880, 
His mother passed away in 1916. 
His. maternal grandfather was Tom 

P. K. Farrell wj* burn on May 

With the high ideals of benefit 
and protection to the public as 
tirst consideration the V e ron a Hank 
Ml opened for business on July 
ii, 1908 with a capital stock of $15,- 
000 that had been quickly subscrib- 
ed by the many influential people 
in that section who were far sight- 
ed enough to realize the need for 
such nn institution in their com- 
munity. J. K. Franks was the 
first cashier and a prime mover in 
laying the foundation for the start, 
and whu with the presidert was 
instrumeuLal In getting business 
uff tu a mighty good opening. 

The first president was V» . M. 
Whitson, who still holds that of- 


]:.. in»>5 "n th< old Sladc place 
about three miles from V e ron a, 
and has never lived further »»«y 
during his entire life-time. He 
attended the loesl schools in Verona 
and studied two terms at the school 
of Miss Nannie Hamilton. 

After his schooling he lived on 
the farm with his mother until hi< 
marriage with Kate Long, a Verona 
girl, in February. 1891 This Cou- 
pie have no children of their own 
However, they adopted Charlie 
McDonald of Covington, who stay- 
ed, with them until reaching lb" 
age of twenty -one. This adopt- 
ed bov who was loved the same as 


The very first six months the 
bank was in operation a six per 
cent dividend was paid on the cap- 
ital Stock which proved positively 
the justification and need of a 
banking house at "Stringtown on 
the Pike." In 1926 the capital stock 
was increased to $.'15,000 at which 
time a cash dividend of 160 per 
cent wtes paid the stockholders, 
plus the customary 9 per cent semi 
annual dividend. To the writer this 
seems a wonderful and extraordi- 
nary occurrence and one of which 
every officer, director, stockholder 
and depositor can well be proud 
fo« it reflects the proper credit 
for such a bank and must indeed 
be most gratifying to those in 

Before the increase in capital 
stock there were approximately 
fifty stockholders which was raised 
to about 190, the majority of 
whom live in Boone County. 

The Florence Deposit Bank has 
moved step by step with the com- 
munity as it has grown and pros- 

a son entered service in the World 
War and died in camp at Louis- 
ville in 1918 with the flu. His 
widow, Agnes Ryan Farrell. resides 
in Beaver Precinct. 

Failure in health caused Mr. 
Farrell in 1920 to sell his farm and 
on the advice of his physician he 
spent two years in Colorado. He 
has a beauj.ful home at the pres- 
ent in Verona, where he hopes to 
spend the remaining years of his 
life. He is a member of the Cath- 
olic Church and active in the up- 
building of the entire community 
and county. 

He has never asked or sought 
public office, however, his influ- 
ence is widely sought each election 
in behalf of some particular can- 
didate. Mr. Farrell has done much 

pered and no doubt has been a con- 
tributing factor for that growth, 
and in the future one can only see 
as the years roll on. further in- 
creases in the prestige of such an 


We can't recall the date but srnt 
time during the eighteen seventies 
this building was purchased, naving . 
been previously used as a Store 
io( m. 

Through the efforts of Joel It 
Frazier. M. ('. Norman, with the 
help of the late Kev. K. W. Hedin- 
ger, D. D. a Union Sundav S*h iol 
wu- oigHnised. with M ('. Norman 
as superintendent. With a splen- 
did corps of teacher- and a famous 
choir this union Sur.duy school did 
a wonderful work. 

Space forbids to tell of the ma..y 
splendid young people who went to 
other fields of labor. 

From this Union S. S, a go..d 
Sunday School was organized in the 
Baptist chapel. 

Through the efforts of Joel B 
Frazier. £, B. Norman and other- 
this building was converted into a 
very comfortable place for worship. 
In 1879 W.. T. Spears. D. D. 
was called to the pastorate of 
the Richwood Presbyterian Chur ch 
(of which U^fon Church is a 
daughter). He began preaching at 
Cninn twice a month in the after- 
noons, realizing this was a prom- 
ising field, and for five years, from 
ls7;i-18H4, he labored in this field. 
"And this church owe« to his ef 
forts. it« rise to it- greatest efft- 

In. IKS J the session of Richwood 
church decided for the good of thi- 
work a rhurch should Im- organised 
in I'r.ion. Just at this time the 
pastor wa' called to another field 
..f labor and on the loth of Octo- 
ber, 1885, Rev. J. Walton Cray-hill 
was called to the Riehwo,.,l church 
and perfected the organization at 
l.'nion with .18 charter members. El- 
ders: J R. Frazier. M. C. Norman. 
• Jacob Floyd and J. T. Fraziyr, Dea- 
cons: Robert Chambers. Jacob Reib 
and Everett B. Norman. 

Rev. J. W. Graybill organized 
the Ladies Aid Society in the sum- 
mer of 1885 with the following of- 
ficers: Miss Laura Norman, pres- 
ident; Mrs. Robert Chambers, vice 
president; Miss Nannie Bristow. 
serretary, and Mis« Mav Norman, 
treasurer. This organization has 
in the past, and still is dating a 
splendid work for the rhurch and 
it« interests. 

Rev A S. Rachal. a very' suc- 
cessful minister, now of Low Moor, 
Va . wa< sent out from this rhurch. 
This church has been served by 
i ven pastors, viz: 

Kev. J. Walton Graybill. Rev. 
A. D. Tadlock, D. D., Rev. J. M. 
Hroaduay. Rev. W. H. Davis, Rev. 
W. H. Davis, Rev. W. M. C. Miller. 
Rev. Solon T. Hill. Rev. C. C. Car- 
son, present pastor. 

Under the ministry of these con- 
secrated men, this church has re- 
ceived into its fold 197 members. 

Some have gone to their reward, 
some to other fields and has left 
the church weakened numerically, 
but stjll holding the torch on high 
that others may catch the gleam. 
" The present officers are: F.lders 
J. T. Frazier, N. M. Rachal. B. L. 
Cleek, and N. H. Smith; Deacons. 
J. C. Bristow, C. H. Bristow and 
Carroll Dugan. 

In June 1929 the church pur- 
chased a beautiful building site 
on High-st. looking forward at 
some time to the erection of a 
new church. 

good in a charitable way, not stop- 
ping to consider a man's religion 
or lack of it, and his conscientious 
endeavors and right living could be 
used its a model for any young 


lice after years of service lu the 
.oinmuiu.y and of the upbuilding 
.1 the whole section. The nthvt 
gentlemen u- officer- mul due. t 
ors who certainly justified the faith 
of the I tnck h Plf ter S were: K. 6 
Power*, Vice President; <» h 
WhiUon. Secretary; Uerc W. Rob- 
erts \V T. S Hlarkmiin. P. K. 
rami!, J. G. Toid.n. M. H. Rich- 
ards and C. ('. Robert*. 

A substantial brick building wa< 
• i . < • .'ii to house the new hank that 
was ready for occupancy at the 
start of business. Th. fixture* 
are of quarter aawed uak and the 
Most*? safe and deposit BoTtel with 
'.he burglar alarm make as secure 
as humanly possible the depositors 
money and valuables. 

It seems hardly possible, that a 
bank in" a small town COSM ever 
achieve the success aid growth 
proven bv the figures of the Vero- 
na Hank". In 1903 at the start 
of business the total depoaits were 
$)'!,, ".on DO an8 now at the closr of 
business on March 1st last the de- 
posits had leached the daggering 
total of over $250,0<m or over one 
quarter of a million dollars. A*, 
the present time there is a surplus 
of $15,000 which equals ihe-.capita. 
-lock besides an undivided profit * 
nf $7,600.46. A fair rate of div- 
idend has always I n pud in ad- 
dition The officers and directors 

ies|ioii-ib!e for this giou'h deserve 
ifrjnt praise much of which has 
; »i>5 accomplished since the advent 
into office of the present raehiar, 
«). K. Whitson, for the suiplu« in 
1913, when he took ovel tin- pnsi- 
'inn, totalled only $1500.00. 

If the original stockholders were 
fortunate in the selection of their 
ifficers and director- ro lets enn' 
be saiil of those serving at the 
present time. Everyone of them 
are men of sterling worth, who have 
established themselves >n the eyes 
of his neighbor as one arorthy of 
the greatest "trust and 'hat trus". 
has never been betrayed 

As was stated abnvr thr present 
hesd i« W M. Whitson as president 
with W'. R. Ambrose, vice presi- 
dent; O. K Whihson la the cash- 
ier and (i. <'. Ransom Assistant 
Cashier. The board of directors 
is as follow-: (I. C. Ransom, J. 
W. Roberts P. K. Farrell. W. B. 
McCormick. Wm. WllVfofd. 

Service to the community was 
'he watchwonl at the start of the 
hank and that slogan could easily 
he retained today for that is still 
the greatest consideration of those 
guiding the destinies of the Verona 
Bank. Step by stert, and some- 
times ahead, the bank has staved 
with the march of progress and 
withwut doubt will continue to do 
<o fm- manv years to come. 

DR. O. S. t UISI Kit 

21.1 EM; E WOOD .AVE., 


Dr. O. ?, (risler, who left Bur- 
lington eighteen years ago, is now 
residing at 213 Edgewood Ave., Co- 
lumbia, Mo. He was horn at Lima- , 
burg on June 26. 1H79. the son of /isV 
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Crisler. **• At* 

He attended the local schools in 

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A. B. Renaker 


A. . ashier nf the largest bank 
In Baa i- County, • Alvin Boyers 
Renaker ranks .us one of the lead- 
ing b un ine ta 111*11 in ihi* section uf 
Kentucky, u position neither light- 
ly attained nor Mail) held. His un- 
swerving loyalty to the highest 
idea!, .if character and personal 
Integrity |a admired alike by the 
h'lminiin n f fri e nds, who know 
him well, and the countless ac- 


queiitlanre* with whom he has 
conn- in contact. He is an expo- 
nent ■*- Oh- modem -> of 
banking, whose thought is 
servicx to hi- customers and an 
esecutue officer of the People* 
Da|MM : Kank from Hi Ince pt i on , 
hi h«. brouirht that institution to 
iu po .e Wl high peak of prnsper- 
it) an. I usefulness to the eummun- 

A. li Kenaker is of the fourth 
gi i.. ration of that name who have 
been undent* of Kentucky. The 
origin of the Kenaker family", 
tii-i -i>.-iied "Rennerkur." goes 
ba.k :,, Germany, however the 
family has long been in America. 
as the lir.fof that name came to 
tl cou uy before the Revolu- 
tions y War in which he" fought 
to free us frum the yoke of Kng- 
lish taxation. 

A. ,iin. Kenaker kik the first of 
th. fun: |y who ■migrated to hen 
-ttricj. making the long and haz- 
•TdoUs trip in a covered wagon 
t torn- ¥ rrdr irk htirg . Maryland. Thu- 
ja eai \ in the las: century and;? 
Keni i k\ «a> the pn.neer western 
state a that time, with the prair- 
ie- •■• Innaia and Illinois practi- 
mcharted country, abound- 
n wihl game and with count 
herds of butTnlo ranging the 
v nam*. That wan the origi- 
"• -nation of Adam Renaker 

"' ' v Started out. He came 

straight through the blue grass 
se. ;,.n ,,f Kentucky, then practi- 
PSflj . a I ,. r esa, refusing to nop 
then myjiiw ,,f the ,-ane brakes 
win. h made clearing difficult. He 

w.i- forced n :,. rest his stock, 

picking a site on Twin (reek in 
Harrison County which proved to 
be m. future home. It 
seen, strange to the present gen- 
eration that he would choose {he 
Jj*s fertile ground of Harrison 
lounty over what we now know to 
b; Hie beat land i.n the sute. the 
Dine grass section. 

\ til I Buyers received his middle 
nam.- from his paternal grand- 
mother maiden family name 
wh« Boyers. Paul Renaker, the 
grandfather of A. B.. was born on 
I win ( reek and so was his father. 
Ihe luation was about seven miles 


«rr , 

Kit I .ANGER, m.~ 

William Albert Price was born 
and raised in Boone county and 
stayed there until the later years 
oi ins life when he built a home 
in Krlanger but old Boone was 
home ground to him and his fa- 
ther and brother.*. He was born 
ut the old homestead a short dis- 
tance from Florence on February 
-4, IMOu. 

Alter going to Krlanger he as- 
sisted Harry Baker, another Boone 
i ounty it an, in -organizing the Kr- 
langer lieposit Bank w 18U1 and 
was one of the directors. At the 
death of Mr. Baker, Mr. Price was 
elided President in 1901 serving 
until he retired in 1927. His out 
stan ling kindness, obliging dispo- 
sition, courtesy and helpfulness 
mad" him a success as President 
from the first. In the twenty- 
seven years that he was president 
he built the bank up to be one of 
the -afest and most reliable insti 
tutions in the state of Kentucky. 
He re eived his education at Beth- 
eny, Va. 

I lose i] plication to business 9Ut 
injurious to his health and -after 
Riving his best years to the bank 
he died June !'. .ll'-J'.l after a pro- 
tracted illness. He was honored and 
respei tad by all wh i knew him and 
Northern Kentucky nuffered a loss 
that can never be filled. 

from what is now Cynthiana. In 
1854 Buyers' parents, Paul J. and 
Mary Hutcherson Kenaker, moved 
to Grant County locating near 
Dry Ridge at which place the sub- 
ject of this biogra.; hy was born on 
the twenty-sixth of January, 1883. 
Mi- mother's family were honored 
na ive- of Virginia and among the 
tint settlers of Harrison Countv. 

Ahin Boyers Renaker grew up 
on a farm in the I »i v Ridge com- 
munity and attended the schools 
there. From available data this 
writer believes that the youngster 
had opportunities. «bove the aver- 
age of the ordinary boy for his 
father was one of the leading citi- 
zens of the town He wssMhe first 
president <>f the Dry Ridge De- 
posit Bunk, now the Farmers Bank 
and Trust Co., holding -that office 
until his death in 1910. He was 
I'rnliahly the source ,,f inspira- 
|" n *"* ■■ B. in. his determina- 
ti'.n t,, enter the banking busi- 
ms- This he did at art early age, 
for immediately after finishing 
school he accepted a position in 
his fnthe'r". bank and now main- 
tains hi. interest. in that institu- 
tion as a member of the board of 


In the meantime, though he 
knew nothing of it then, circum- 
stance* were arranging them- 
selves in Boone County that 
would have«a decided effect upon 
the future plans of young Rena- 
kv A new bank was being form- 
ejr at Burlington and of course 
the choic,. ( ,f Cashier was a mo- 
ment. .a- question, and Mr. Rena- 
ker should be proud of the fact 
that he was selected for such ar 
important trust at the youthful 
tgc of twenty-two. Evidently the 
days of his youth could bear the 
same close scrutiny possible to 
« 1'hstan I today, for in the month 
of November, 1905, the young and 
eligible bachelor arrived in Burl- 
nirton ready to commence his 

Perhaps at that time if any as- 
sociate had suggested the .possi- 
bility of his remaining for twenty- 
five years he would have scoffed 
at the idea for it is only natural 

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hi. community and the Indiana 
Veterinary College of Indianapolis 
Ind.. from which he received the 
degree, rWtor of Veterinary Med- 
ici : t .. 

He was the first Boone Countv 
livcstmk inspector, heing appointed 
by Judge P. E. Cason who clearly 
realized his ability for this capac- 
ity. He took his position early in 
the spring of 1011 and practiced 
Neterinary Medicine at Burlington 
from May 15. 1900. continuing un- 
til February 1, 1912. Soon after 
he moved to Newport, Ky., where 
□fiance* were somewhat better to 
increase his practice, staying there 
until 1913. when he was anointed 
Veterinarian to the Experiment 
Station of the University of Ken- 
tuck', which position he herd until 
Dec 16, 1917. During five months 
of this latter period, from February 
to June inclusive, he was a United 
State- inspector of foot and mouth 
disease. At the present tinve-Br. 




-for youth to assume, sometimes 
-too quickly, that success can be 
attained only in the bigger cities. 
The fallacy of this is clearly prov- 
en in the achievements attained by 
Mr. Renaker. 

During the first two years of his 
new position Mr. Renaker was 
without assistance of any kind as 
to clerical help. His rugged health 
was without- doubt quite a boon 
to the stockholders and directors 
who could easily have been in 
• ather a muddle if he had been 
taken suddenly ill. It might be in- 
teresting to note Jhat his salary- 
was $70.00 per month at the time 
he started with the Peoples De- 
posit Bank, a higher wage than 
ordinarily paid at that time for 
such positions. He had worked the 
first six months in the bank at 
Dry Ridge without salary which 
was not uncommon in those days 
of apprenticeships. 

On December 11. 1907. he was 
united in marriage with Henrietta 
E Riddell. a daughter of the late 
Fountain Rid lell and the sister of 
Judge \. E. Riddell. Her family 
history can he found in this edi- 
tion wi:h the biography of Judge 

Mr. and Mrs. Renaker have one 
daughter. Mary I,ouise. a popular 
»n,l beautiful \oung lady, now a 
junior in the College of Arts and 
^rTu'r^rr-thTr .^o^eTslty- of K pn _ 

tucky. She was recently elected 
Queen of the Junior Prom, being 
the second thus honored in the 
history of the University. She is 
president of her chapter of Kapna 
Delta. wa« selected as a Kentuck- 
nin beauty, win a nominee for 
band frponser, is a member of the 
V. W. C. A., a Stroller eligible, a 
memher of the University Girl's 
Band, and is a reporter* on the 
staff of the Kentucky Kernal. A 
very good likeness of this charm- 
ing young lady will be found in 
this edition The family resides 
in the old Riddell homestead, artis- 
tically remodeled, and locate! near 
the court house at Burlington. 

Besides other of his numerous 
activities. Mr. Renaker finds time 
to look after his farm of 127 acres 
located along the highway at Sher- 
man, nnd handle his growing real 
estate business as a sideline. He 
served a term as Treasurer of the 
Slate Bankers Association and 
served as Treasurer of the Boone 
County Red Cmss during the war 
as well ss overselling- the bank's 
qUota of both Liberty Bonds and 
War Saving Stamps. 

He i» a 32nd. Degree Mason, a 

Crisler holds the important place 
of Superintendent of Hog Cholera 
Serum Laboratories at the Univer- 
sity nf Missouri, where he slao 

June 9. 1918 he was united in 
marriage with Ruby Mildred Buck- 
man, a member of the faculty of 
University of Kentucky and native 
of Conway, Kans. They have one 
child, Robert Morris Crisler. 9 yrs. 
old, who is in school in Columbia. 

Dr. Crisler is a member of the 
American Veterinary Medical As- 
sociation, the U. S. Livestock"San- 
itary Association, ami the Missouri 
Veterinary Association. He is • 
member of the Masonic Order end 
still retains his membership in the 
old Burlington Lodge No. 264 F. 
and A. M, His work ha.v taken 
him into nineteen states and in 
Canada, and according to his own 
statement if he could occupy the 
same position in Boone County that 
he holds in Missouri, back he would 

He calls to mind several humor- 
ous incidents of his boyhood in 
Burlington, and writes us that we 
might get Elmer Kirk to tell about 
the show that he and Dr. Crisler 
promoted w.,ere they fought a duel 
with wooden swords. This show 
was given in the old school house 
owned by the father of Dr. Crisler, 
and they used a two horse sled 
for a stage and KlrtWy Rice paint- 
ed the scenery. The curtain was 
made from paper flour sacks cut 
open and pasted together with 
flour paste. The painting was 
done mostly witti a shoe brush, 
using ordinary shoe blacking for 
This was a woodland scene 

A native of Gallatin County, Ky., 
Inn:. eli and descended of original 
pioneer Kentucky stock, Mr. O. 
»v. VVhiUon has been a leader in 
tne business, civic and religious 
life of his communitj , ever reauy 
to do his part for any meritorious 

He was born in 1875 juat over 
the line of Gallatin County but 
since thje age of five has been a 
resident of Boone County. He is 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Whit- 
son of, Verona, natives of -Boone 
(ounty, both of whom have? passed 

In February, 1895 he was mar- 
ried to Katherine Showers, a pop- 
ular belle of Boone County. They 
have one daughter, Mrs. K. P. Coff- 
n iin, now a widow who resides 
with her parents at Walton, they 
iiasmig moved from Verona -a few 
years ago. - ■■> 

In his younger days Mr. Whitson 
uttended the local schools, getting 
his higher education at Georgetown 
i ollege and his commercial train- 
ing at the Nelson Business College. 
On leaving the school he went 
into general merchandise business 
m \erona where he was most suc- 
cessful. In 1913 he was drafted 
as Cashier of the Verona Bank, 
where he has remained since then, 
bringingythe Bank to a high state 
of prosperity through his personal 
integrity and friendship with the 
public in general. 

He was honored by the U. S. 
Government with a bronze plaque 
in honor of over selling the Bank * 
quota of Liberty Bonds and other 
certificates during the World War. 
Mr. Whitson cares very little for 
politics, as far as he personally is 
corcerned, however, he was the lo- 
cal Deputy County Clerk for Ve- 
rona for 25 years. Mr. Whitson 
is a Mason and had the honor of 
being the firet master of Verona 
lodge No. 876. He is one of the 
most enthusiastic baseball Tans in 
the County and gets just as much 
fun out of seeing a boys' game as 
attending one. of the big league 
exhibitions. He is ever willing 
to cooperate in any movement for 
'he betterment of the community. 

member of the Knights of Pythias 
and a Modern Woodmen of Amer- 
ica. He regularly attends the sev- 
eral churches in town but leans 
towards t he Primitiv e Baptist of 
whicWtboth Tub parents were mem- 
bers. He gave the Missionary Bap- 
tist Church at Sherman the plot 
of ground for their new edifice and 
was a substantial contributor to the 
building fund. 

During the past two years many 
people have speculated as to the 
beneficent source of the "Santa 
Claus Fund," which brings Christ- 
mas cheer and joy, in the form of 
both necessities and small lux- 
uries, to the less fortunate resi- 
dents of Boone County. In a con- 
versation with Miss Willis, County 
Red Cross Nurse, who distributes 
these baskets, the writer learned 
that Mr. and Mrs. Renaker with 
their daughter, Marv Louise, are 
the ores who have made this phil- 
anthropy possible.- It is the only 
fund of its kind in the county and 
until this is read probably not 
more than half a dozen people 
were aware of the donors' iden- 

Mr. Renaker's hobby is automo- 
biling. deriving his greatest relax- 
ation in this manner. He purchased 
his first car in 1911, the second 
automobile to be owned in Burl- 
ington, and which was a great 
curiosity to many. 

Because of his various activi- 
ties and his connection with the 
Peoples Deposit Bank, he is in 
constant touch with many leading 
and influential bankers in Cincin- 
nati, whose admiration for him is 
as great as that of his home-town 
friends. Although the fact is known 
only to his most "fhtimate friends, 
overtures have been made to Mr. 
Renaker by officials of some of 
the large City Banks offering him 
positions with them, but hiving 
a love for country life, he prefers 
to remain^in Burlington with the 
hank in which he started. He is 
frequently called upon to advise 

Hon. E. Y. Chapin 

"Who's Who in America" says: 
"Edward Young Chapin, banker; 
born Petersburg, Kentucky, Octo- 
ber 6, 1865; son of William Hen- 
ry and Mary (Kelley) Chapin; 
LL. B. University of Cincinnati, 
1886; married-Elsie HutcheSon -e| 
Houston, Texas, April 30, 1890) 
began practicfof law at Covington, 
Kentucky, 1886; founder 1894 and 
president of The Administration 

[milll. •••*(■ *•*■*> >• nvws^SMM ».«.».-.... -y— .....-, wiivu ll|'i'|| HI tmy I^f 

nnd pictured the old oak tree be- many investors and has the hand- 
yond the Everett Hall house on ling of many estates. He is con 

the Petersburg Pike. It was a 
good show, no doubt, but those 
who participated and are still re- 
siding in Boone county are a bit 
reluctant to discusse the details. 

tinuously striving toward the up- 
building of his town and county 
and predicts; for old Boone a glor- 
ious future, 1 with increased pros- 
perity for all her people."" 4 ^* 


and Trust Company; associated 
1912 with H. S. Probasco in found- 
ing the American Trust and Bank- 
ing Company of which he is presi- 
dent; president. Star Laundry Com- 
pany; vice president. Read House 
Company; vice president, Tennes- 
see rurni.ure Corporation; also of 
Richmond Spinning Company; sec- 
retary Crysul Springs Bleachery 
and United Hosiery Mills; i.irector, 
Chattanooga Steam Laundry Com- 
pany; Tennessee Stove Works; 
member, Community Council of 
Chattanooga; Hamilton County 
Board of Education; member of 
the boards of directors of Chat- 
tanooga Public Library; Chatta- 
nooga Tuberculosis Sanatorium; 
Democrat; Mason (K. T.); clubs 
Mountain City, and Golf and 
Country; author of numerous book- 
J?ts_tkscribing -fiduciary ^service -of- 
trust companies; home 24 Bluff 
View; address, American Trust 
and Banking Company, Chatta- 
nooga, Tennessee." 

This biographical sketch was not 
prepared in Boone County. If it 
had been it would have noted that 
the subject began his education 
under Miss Katie Davis, learned 
mental arithmetic under Professor 
Billie Stott and general depravity 
under the renowned Walker; and 
finally went over to the Lawrence- 
burg High School after the Peters- 
burg instructors gave him up. 

The tendency toward industry 
indicated in the "Who's Who"" 
sketch was not marked by the old- 
er residents of Petersburg; its on- 
ly manifestation being the piling 
and sapping of slaves and the 
riveting of hoops at tee Cooper 

An early hent toward commerce 
was noted When he opened a store 
at Second and Tanner Streets in 
J 885; but his old Preceptor, W. T. 
Stott. located just across the 
street, gave him such hot comp- 
etition that he sold out to a drug 
store of which he became the 
trusted compounder of prescrip- 
tions. From this he verv naturallv 
gravitated into the stu'dv of law 
in the office of John G. Carlisle in 

While in Petersburg, he was a 
member of that coterie of which 
Ben Berkshire, John M. Botts, 
Frank Geisler and Harry Lyon are 
survivors. His "Wlto's Who" biog- 
raphy does not mention his mem- 
bership in an order known as Ti- 
tus Tunis to which they belonged; 
nor in the Cooper Shop Club under 
the presidency of Harry Kirkhoff; 
nor the Sons of Temperance, who 
used to meet over Snyder's Store 
and in which he rose to be Worthy 
Patriarch. It does not mention an- 
other office which he held— that of 
prosecuting attorney in the Kang- 
aroo Court over which Judge 
George Berkshire presided. 

With these emendations we sub- 
mit the "Who's Who" sketch to 
those yvho may be interested as 
evidence of what Mr. Chapin nas 
been doing since he left old Boone. 


C. O. Hempfling 


Charles O. Hempfling is prob- 
ably the most widely known ami 
biggest producer of apples in this 
section of Kentucky, specializing 
in "Big Red" variety that he mar- 
kets by the thousands of bushels 
through brokers handling fancy 
eating fruit. He owns two farms 
along the>iver bottom at Taylors- 
port buying the first one. Parlor 
Grove, in l'.»0:l and should take no 
little pride in the fact of having 
brought it from nn unprofitable 



proposition t<> its present high 
state of prosperity. This, place has 
84 acres and at one time was the 
pleasure ground for residents of 
Cincinnati coming there for picnics 
by the boat load. Local option 
in Boone County brought it into 
use as farm land. 

After building up this farm Mr. 
Hempf ling -purchased Webb Hall, 
a beautiful estate of 272 acres that 


had been in the Webb family over 
one hundred years. This farm is 
given over to general crops, stock, 
hogs and gradually working into 
the production of Big Red apples 
and already thousands of bushels of 
peaches are grown each year. 
Webb Hall is one of the oldest, 

time and would not be feasible 
today, however, such workmanship 
is of lasting quality. 

Mr. Hempfling's name is a cer- 
tain index of the nationality of his 
forefathers and being of such 
sturdy German stock is perhaps 
one reason why he has been able 
to surmount many obstacles in his 
successful climb to recognized 
achievement. His father and moth- 
er emigrated to Cincinnati from 
Walz.ils.iorf. Germany in 18:16,. lat- 
er moving to Boone County in the 
year of 1847, where Charles O. 
was born at Constance, January 
It), lStiU. His. parents were John 
and Elizabeth Dulwick Hempfling, 
respected and well to do farmers 
of the river bottom section of that 

Mr. Hempfling was educated at 
Riverside, Ohio, now a ; art of the 
city of Cincinnati, and received his 
business training. at a commercial 
School in the latter named place. 
K» a young man just out of school 
he accepted a position selling 
structural steel for a Chicago firm 
covering most of the middle west 
in his travels. 

About 18'JO hv returned to Con- 
stance where the next year he was 
united in marriage with Lille 
Kottmyer of that town .»n Oct. 14, 
1891. They have two sons and 
one daughter, C. Litton, the eldest 
who operates Parlor Grove farm; 
Charlie, who manages Webb Hall, 
and Anita Florence. Vho married 
' H. W. Bcntham and now lives in 
Baltimore where her husband is in 
the wholesale sea food business. 
His daughter taught school in 
Boone County for a number of 
years and was a great favorite 
with her students as well as their 
parents. He has one brother, John 
O. Hempfling, now living in Con- 
stance, Mjho was born in Cincin- 
nati 84 years ago. 

After his marriage Mr. Hemp- 
fling spent six years with the 
Jones Fertilizer Company then ac- 
cepting a better position with 
Fleishman & Co. of Cincinnati for 
approximately the same length of 
time. • To satisfy his own per- 
™sonal ambition he then purchased 
the farms as stated previously in 
this story. 

He always ha* been intere-ted 
in his county and community and 
was one of the first actively en- 
gaged in the now successful a'.- 
tempt to obtain good roads an.i 
rural free delivery. Hi has nevci 
sought political of I ice himself but 
his support is invariably solicited 
by those running for any elertive 

In 1920 he became interested in 
'.he marketing of tobacco and help 
ed to organize the growers in 1921 
to form the Burley Pool of which 
he was county chairman. He has 
been closely identified with all 
phases of this product since that 
time and is now president of the 
Warehousing Corporation control- 
ling twenty-two loose leaf houses 
in eleven counties of the North end 
of the state and a redrying plant 
at Carrollton. He helped form 
the Boone County Farm Bureau 
and always has been an interested 
member. Ever willing to aid in 
any meritorious cause for the good 
of the county he rightfully can 
take his place as one of the lead- 
ing citizens of Northern Kentucky. 
It has been just forty years ago 
when at the age of twenty-one 
Mr. Hempfling began planting his 

Liston Hempf linn 


The family history of Liston 
Hempfling will be found with that 
of his father in another place in 
this edition. However, we will 
include here his own family biog- 
raphy which limited space keeps 
unduly brief. Mr. Hempfling was 
born at Constance, Ky., on Decem- 
ber 24, 189.'! the son of Mr. and 
MT-. C. 0. Hempfling. 

His boyhood days were spent in 
that locality and "from his easiest 
years he was greatly interested in 


very probably the oldest house in 
this county, and still in a good 
state of preservation. It is con- 
structed, of walnut gotten out with 
a whip saw and the building is 
partly lined with brick. The orig- 
inal weather boarding was put on 
with hand made blacksmith nails 
brought saddle back from Virginia. 
The original roof was covered with 
walnut shingles put on with wood- 
en pegs, the holes being bored with 
an old fashioned gimlet. This 
process of building took plenty of 


his father's work of rebuilding the 
Parlor Grove Farm to its present 
high state of prosperity and fruit- 
fulness. He received his schooling 
at Saylcr I'ark. then called Horn.- 

At the present time Mr. Hemp- 
fling resides and operates that 
farm, which contains one of the 
most productive apple orchards in 
this section of the country. Here 


couldn't be done in this country, 
some of which was only too true 
but had to "be .dealt with ami over- 
come. For the spraying of trees, 
home made apparatus was utilised 
that was rather crude in arrange 
ment as at that time there was no 
machinery for the work such as we 
have today, and very little was 
known of effective irisectide. They 
mixed their own spray material. 

first orchard on the lands of his 
father, and through years of many 
discouragements and much hard 
work and expenses, he in connection 
with his sons has attained that 
measure of success which only per- 
severence and stick-to-itness mer- 

When he first began there were 
many discouragements in orchard- 
ing. Old orchards were fast dis- 
appearing and many people laugh- 
ed at the idea of making profit 
from orchards. Manv said it 

History of the Sand Run 
Baptist Church 

On March 20, lHl'.l, becau se G«d 
hau greatly blessed the people of 
Boone ( ouniy unil especially those 
of the North Bctui Settlement, 
and 'owing to their remote real- 
deuce lrom the meeting- house a! 
llullit.siiuig, it wa.s thcrvturv uc 
tided that the people in the .North 
Bend Settlement lorn a separate 
and diatinct- congregation to be 
known as the Sand ttun Church, 
having as its head our Blessed 
Lord and Savior, .le-iis I hrisl. 
I he purpose as stitcd in th e i r 
constitution was tor the conveni- 
i'ii.c ot the people and the gl<>r.> 
ot God. 

There were tifty-live charter 
nn inhers, among whom were the 
following: Br". Chichester Matt- 
hews and wife, William Montagu* 
and trite, Win. McCoy, Hcwny 
ward, Jeremiah Kiriley, Lewis 
Webb and wife, Nancy Watt«, and 
Mis.i:: Onodridg*. These wire nil 

leading member* of the church at 
that tune There Were slso many 

negro -laves among the Ursi mem- 
bers who at ten, icd the service! 

regularly, -itting in the gallery, 
Having thus started, mi- cob? 

gregatioii met In the home'" of the 
different brethren until n mvetinir- 
hi.Bnt. could be secured. In Febru- 
ary, 1*20, the church received the 
Wed to three aires of land on which 
to erect a meeting house. This 
building was completed in July, 
|s_mi. The cost of i: was 12100, pari 
of which was paid in cash and the 
remainder was paid in tobacco, 
which was the leading crop in this 
part of the country at that time. 
Only one relic remains of this 
first church buil.iing and that is 
the old chandelier which held the 
candles for lighting the building. 

The first minMer of Sand Kun 
Church was the Rev. Chichester 
Matthews, who was faithful to the 
charge ir til his death in 1828 He 
wa* followed by Bro. Whitaker. 
who al-o served the church faith- 
fully until his death in |R7J Other 
pastors of the church m earlier 
days were Rev. Robert E Kirtley 
and Rev. Lee I'tz - 

were planted the fir-t "Delicious" 
ipplc trees In (he slate of Ken 

tui'kyj At rme ti m e I'a i i or G ri m 

wa- u picnic ground for Cimin : 
nati people preceding that of I'ai 

ker- Grrfve, now known as CuHe) 
Island. TAie Hen pfitng famirj 

4earerl— aivay the giant Bsee h tree- 
to make room for thc.r growing 

Besides this fru'H growing Mr. 
Hempfling ha* an extensive dairy 
an I is interested in the rai-rng of 
pure bred Holsteins, averaging 
about 20 head. On June '.1. I91S 
he wa,- united in marriage with 
Elizabeth Mae McGlasson of He 
bron, daughter of William T. and 
Alice Quigley McGlasson, of that 
place. His wife is a former Boom- 
County school teacher and first 
w~hman juror to serve on a criminal 
rasa in the Boone County Circuit 
Court. Her training was in the 
Ludlow public schools. They have 
one child. Vaughn Carlton Hemp 
fing, aged thirteen. 

Probably the greatest interest of 
Liston- Hempfling lies in the grow- 
ing of fruit, however he is and 
has been for several years greatly 
interested in the organization of 
farmers for mutual benefit. lake 
his father, he is ever ready to ion. 
tribu te and assist in any worthy 
project for the good of his com- 
munity or Boone County as a whole 

B.C. Kirtley 


t»ne ol the most prosperous and 
res pec te d nun of the East Bend 
.-oiiiiiiunity is Blufur.l C. Kirtley, 
who hits operated a farm in that 
kit t ion for many years and is an 
an tiom e*i ot wide renown. He 
«:i, horn in Boone County on Nov. 
,s, l*M, the so.-: of William and 
Mi-s . , i r i Kirtley, who lived a 'Rab- 
bit II l*h. He attended school at 
Rising Mm. Ind., as there was no 
high school in Softie County St 
that titne. He was m a rrie d to 
ClrTistina Stephen.- of Grant, Ky., 

on the 19th daj of Feb, 1821. I hey 
havv three children, Howard, Reu- 
Im n and Marie K irtley, 

Mi. KutKy is a thilty -second de- 
gree Mason and a member ot t rn- 
K. of P. He was a eon 
s,it»tiou» m e mb er of the Boone 
County fiscal court rro:r. January* 
1, 1922 to January 1/ 1980. He 
has been ever ready to res bond 
t . any movement for the good of 
the community or the county, and 
has done his pat! toward the up 
building of this whoM - lion His 
rreatesj hobhY is fishing. 



ontinueit to gtow 
ind Jin -per an.l in 1-"" i was 
ie, ided i" • k .. si i n model 
hi :n. ettng-h. U-- I MBS 'lo ' 

W .. ,,.. ; o f S lL ' m t 

In, fast Sunday School wm 
rami*! i by Bro owin Kirtley hi 
l»,J in, I this> School ha* 
Lei n rnntiniicd throughout 'the 
>. ai- 11 ha- been a gr< a: blessing 
and had a great influence on tin 

young live- that it ha- tour bed 

In recent years the church has 
organized a You.g People'- 1 n 
ion, which, although not as strong 
a- it wa- in the U'gmmng, is 
■till functioning, and a Woman's 
Missionary Society which, by 
their contributions snd special 
prayer seasons, i* helping to car- 
ry the Gospel unto the uttermost 
parts of the earth. 

In the fall of IMS the church 
building needed repairing, so the 

members d ec ided te again retted* 
el it. ad ung Sunday School rooms. 
Through the faithful and untiring 
efforts of the pastor. Rev J. N. 
Powers, the aid of all the mem- 
bers and friends, and the help of 
Almighty God they succeeded in 
completing the building as it now 

The present membership of Sand 
Run Church is eighty-five, Rev 

I, N. Powers, of Hilar ger, Ky.. 

is the pastor. 

— Alice Kggle-ton 


1 k"T"'~ ex " i 



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lime, sulphur and salt, just why 
the salt is not known unless it was 
to make tha stronger, and the 
Lord knows it was strong enough 
on the face and hands often taking 
the skin from the hands and some- 

times part of the nails of the fin- 
gers. There is not space enough 
here to go on through the many 
experiments along this line partic- 
ipated in by Mr. Hempfling, but 
thanks to science and much help 
from experimental stations most of 
the disagreeableness has been taken 
out of this work. 

Today Mr. Hempfling and his 
sons specialise in Big Red apples 
and take off their hats to no man 

nor to any locality anywhere in 
the world that can produce finer 
ones than ran be produced right 
here in old northern Kentucky, on 
the banks of the beautiful Ohio 
River. Mr. Hempfling gives all 
the credit to his son, C. Liston, who 
is manager of the fruits and he 
has any amount of testimonials to 
verify these statements, in the 
form of cups and ribbons won at 
many fairs and fruit shows. 

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Dr. C. G. Crisler 

Pi, Carlcton G. Crisis* was born 
near Hullittsville April 3, 1R84J. the 
only s»n ol Richard 11. and Lucre- 
tia Graves Crisler, whose gencol 
Hy will In- traced back later on in 
this article. At the age of three 
years' his father, who was also a 
physician, moved I" Ludlow and it 
was here wher« Carleum received 
his public school education, getting 
his high school training at Wood- 
ward High in Cincinnati from 
which he graduated in 1898." He 
attrnde I the University of Cincin- 
nati and spent two year* at the 
Ohio Medical College, finishing at 
New York University and Bellevue 
Hospital Medtckl College, where he 
was give hi* degree of Doctor of 
.Medicine in 1U03. 

The next two years gave him 
a great deal of training and In- 
struction in surgery while serving 
as an interne at Bellevue Hospital 
in New York. In DM15 Dr. Crisler 
located in Cincinnati with an of- 
fice at ?th and Race, specializing 
in general surgery. Today he in 
attending surgeon at Christ. hos- 
pital, with his offirp at. 262 Doc- 
tors Hldg.. and is also associate 
professor of surgery in the medical 
department of the. I'niversity of 
Cincinnati. I>r. Crisler holts the 
distinction of a Fellowship in the 
America:: College of Surgeons, 
awarded in June 1914. 

On October 24. 1906 he was uni- 
ted in marrage with Elizal>eth 

St. Pauls Church 

In 1798, the present county of 
Kenton was part of Boone County, 
and Florence at first was known as 
Maddrrstown. being named for a 


(Bess) i ropp«r, daughter of W. It 
ami Belle Kirtle.. I ropper of Ho«>ne 
County. Her mother i- still liv- 
ing Tin- couple have one son. 
Richard i irleton Crisler, whi was 
l»>! ■ No vemb e r 7. I'tiT. lie is a 
graduate of the aristocratic Hill 
I'r. uiuti.iy School in Pottstowxn, 
Pa., .Mil "f Vale in the class of 

l'.l-".l with the degree of I'h. B. 

Young Richard while at college 
was associate editor of the Y'ale 
Daily New* and greatly interested 
kt athl e t ics. ftmoa graduation he 
h.i- t> ,n with the Qua r amt re Com- 
pany o New York; one <<f the big 
finance hnusrs. 

Dr. Cri-ler F* the owner of a 
beautiful fare of 900 ore- in the 
North Hcnd Bottom land in Boone 
Couty along the Ohio river, an.l 
he del ivis his greatest plsaiurt 


Dr. Ma !den, later on il became 
Connersville, named for Paschal 
Conner, an early settler. In W80 

Country Club, 3n<l the Common- 
wealth Club. 

In tnk:ng up the* anrestry of Dr. 
i n-lers family, we will take that 
of his father's first. We find that 
the first ancestor in the Crisler 
family who settled in America was 
Kawatt Crisler. who married Re- 
tina Garr, a girl born in Germany 
on August 11. 1713 and who had 
come to America with hrr parents 
at an early age. — They were mar- 
ried in Virginia. The next in 
the diieit line Is John George Cris- 
ler uh. married Anna Magdalene 
Snrih of Culncpper County, Vir- 
ginia. John i ied there <" April 
i:ith 1RIK a>*d his wife on J inunrv 
in. 1*21. Hi, son wu« J nas Cns 
ler. born on feptcniber IR 1788 
and wlo. died on Se temher I. 1868, 

On July 31, 1*10 he was married 
C F.lizaheth Price in Madison Co.. 
Virginia. She was born on June 
''.I 17ss ad died September 20, 
lssn Henry Price Crisler. the 

son Hf Ji» nas, was the grandfather 
of Dr. Carlero i Criatai and rain 1 
to Boone County at'thrf-mre of five 
witn his imrents. He wa«~horn 
■n Virginia on September 20, 1820. 
lle'r.«*«e.l awav in H'07. On Oct. 
27. 1848 he wn» united in marriage 
vilh Klinibet*! C.aines. who was 
bo* Julv 21. 1824 and »" a na- 
tive o f Bonne county. She died 
in I R9S. 

The father of Dr. Crisler, Rich- 
ard H., was a mu-h love I physi- 
rian who spent the greatest part 
v r hi- life as a practicing phyai- 
cinn at Ludlow, inning out at all 
hours of th" night and looking 
after the welfare of many people 
with little compensation except the 
gratitude of the patient. He was 
a graduate of rfSe Ixme Hand Med- 
ical College class of 1857, going to 
Ludlow i- IRKS. He was born on 
April 15, 1848 in Boone County 
and makes his home with his son. 

In October, 1875 Richard H. was 
united in marriage with Lucretiu 

the Legislature changed the name 
to Florence, when the town was in- 
corporated. In 1*51 the Burlington 
and F'lorence turnpike was begun, 
to replace a mud road previously 
connecting the towns. 

Ihe same year Cornelius A he in 
and his family came to Florence. 
They lound only (hr«e < -a. holies 
in the village, Mrs. Scott, wife of 
the town doctor, and Joseph 
Feincding, an innkeeper, and his 
wife. The Aherns invited Hev. 
Thomas K. Butler from Covingion 
to say mass, i he tirst Sunday the 
priest conducted services a large 
crowd attenued, and ^hern sug- 
gested thai a church be es.ablish- 
ed. This was the beginning ol 
the < atholic Church in Florence. 
Mass was celebrated in Ahern's 
log cabin on fehelby St., Rev. 
Butler coming to town every 
three months. He was received in 
a kindly manner by the towns- 
folk anil was invited to the Chris- 
tian Church to explain Catholic 
doctrines, which invitation he ac- 

Rev. DeMarie, an Italian priest, 
said mass from time to time in 
the log ca; in. as did Rt. Rev. 
tieorge Aloysius (.arrell, the first 
bishop of Covington. Rev. Force 
was the tirst pastor appointed for 
F'lorence, ami in 1866 Ezra K. 
F'ish, a non-Catholic, donated two 
lots fronting ad feet on Shelby 
St. am 1*0 feet on Center St. for 
a church site. Ihe parish bought 
from him in 1856 another lot ad- 
joining o.i Shelby St. and with 
the help of other men of the con- 
gregation, Ahem built the stone 
foundation for the church. The 
structure was of wood, 25 by 40 
feet, with a steeple ,'10 feet high. 
There were no pews,^ plain pine 
benches serving as seats, and the 
building would accommodate 400 
persons. It. cost $600 to build. Rev. 
Van De Wicl improved the church 
by raising %i2h for the purpose. 
Rev. Bent built an addition to the 
church and established the first 
school, which wan taught in the 
church building. ." 

Rev. William F. Kathman was 

C. A. Winston 

Charles A. Winston, the subject 
of this sketch, was born near Bul- 
littsburg, Boone County, Kentucky, 
on December 6th, 1866; the son of 


from looking after this farm. The 
house on this place is extremely 
old, havng been built in 1798.and it 
was the first brick house built west 
of the Allegheny Mountains. 

Dr. Crisler is a member of the 
state, county und national Medical 
Associations, as well as other num- 
erous societies of his profession. 
He was a member of the Sigma 
Chi College fraternity and the INu 
Sigma Nu medical fraternity. Dr. 
Crisler is a member of some of 
the most exclusive clubs in town: 
Queen City C lub, University Club, 

Al i .-A! S«_.._-li_.~/si..t. |S,Mtririi 

(iraves, who was born on April 
ft, 1RS0 and died on July 20, 1D25. 
Her parents were Johnson Graves 
and Lucretia Souther Graves. They 
were married on February 28, 18U8. 
Both were born In Boone County, 
the husband on F'ebruary 26, 1813 
and the wife on January 13, 1812. 
He died on November 19, 1894 
and she on March 25, 1887. The 
father of Johnson Graves and the 
great grandfather of Dr. Carleton 
Crisler was Joseph Graves, who 
married Melinda Watts, both of 
whom came to Boone County from 


Albert G. Winston and Georgetta 
iMatson Winston. His father was 
born neBr Petersburg, Kentucky, 
and lived the most of his life in 
Boone County. He was for many 
years one of the most active and 
prominent attorneys in Northern 
Kentucky and maintained his of- 
fices there until tys retirement 
from the practice in 1886. His 
mother was born and reared in the 
college town of Oxford, Ohio. 

Charles A. WinaTon first attend- 
ed the public schqoJs of Kentucky 
and then Wood wanT H igh School in 
Cincinnati, from which he was 
graduated in 1886. He matriculated 
some >ears later in the Law De- 
partment of the University of 
Cincinnati, from which he gradu- 
ated in 1891 with the degree of 
L. L. B., and was admitted the 
same year to both the Ohio and 

Kentucky bars. He then matricu- 
lated in the Law _ Department of 
Harvard Uriversity, graduating 
therefrom in 1893, with>-the de- 
gree of L. L. B., and Immediately 
thereafter entered into the prac- 
tice of his profession in Chicago, 
Illinois. He was later associated 
with the law firm of Peck, Miller 
& Starr, one of the most promi- 
nent law firms of Chicago; John 
S. Miller of that firm being known 
for many years as the leader of 
the Chicago Bar, and one of the 
best known practitioners in the 

In the autumn of 1896, Mr. Win- 
ston left Chicago temporarily and 
spent nearly a year in the study 
of the peoples and institutions of 
Europe and Near East, and during 
his absence spent several months 
in India, Australia and Tasmania. 
Upon his return to the United 
States, instead of returning im- 
mediately to his practice in Chi- 
cago, he took a post graduate 
course in the Law Department of 
Harvard University, specializing 
in the study of Constitutional, 
Corporation Aid Civil Law. While 
still engaged in these pursuits 
and studies, he was offered a Pro- 
fessorship in the Law Department 
in the University of .Minnesota, 
filling the (hair of Advanced Real 
Property Law, Future Estates, 
etc. He found this work congenial 
and extremely interesting, but by 
reason of limitations in this field 
ia a financial and remunerative 
way, he determined to return to 
Chicago and re-engage in active 
practice, resigning from the work 
in the University. • 

Mr. Winston since his return to 
Chicago and to active practice has 
been actively engaged almost con- 
tinuously up to this time, and has 
for a great portion of this time 
devoted his attention and efforts 
chiefly to Corporation and Rea' 
Estate practice. 

The subject of this sketch was 
married in June, 1900, to Nina E. 
Wright of Houghton, Michigan, 
whom he met in Rome, "The Eter- 
nal City," during the summer of 
1897. At that time he had recently 
returned from Australia, and a 
kind Fate brought about a meet- 
ing with his future wife by reason 
of their happening to be guests at 
the same hotel. In 1925, Mr. and 
Mrs. Winston made a pilgrimage 
to Rome and celebrated their' 25th 
anniversary amid the same scenes 


appointed pastor September 1, 19- 
04, and he began the present 
brick church an.l pastor's resi- 
dence, which were completed by 
Rev. T. J. McCaffrey, who suc- 
ceeded him in 1911. When Rev. 
John F. O'Dwyer became pastor 
in KM: 1 , he closed the parochial 
school, which was being held in 
the damp basement of the church. 
He improved the church grounds 
with roads and walks. 

Rev. Herbert J. F:gbring, the 
present pastor, succeeded to the 

Solon B. Ryle 


For the past fifteen years Solon 
B. Kyle ol Grant, Ky., has been 
jrominent as one of toe most suc- 
cessful breeders of registered Jer- 
sey cattle and Chester White hogs 
in Boor.e Count j. He was born in 
Boone County, on Jan. 29, 1886, the 
son of John P. and Elizabeth Kyle, 
who were residents of both Grant 
and Boone counties. On Sept. 28, 
1910 Mr. Ryle was married to Vi- 
ola M. Clore, daughter of William 
(lore of Boone County. They 
have nine children— Bruce, Percival, 
Dora, Howard, Sarah, Wallace, So- 
lan Jr., Donna Jean and Loretta, 
all of whom were born in Boone 
County with the exception of Per- 
cival who was born in California 
* during the five years his father 
spent there. 

John P. Ryle. the father of Solon 
waa born October 12. 1849 in Boone 
County, Ky., and is still hale and 
hearty and an interested citizen of 
the community. The . father of 
John P. was David (Uncle Davy) 

charge June 8th, 1921. He rees- 
tablished the parochial school in 
1923. The new school building was 
completed in 1925, and placed in 
charge of the Benedictine Sisters 
of Covington, Ky. In 1926 the old 
church on Shelby St. was razed 
and an auditorium was built in 
the rear of the new church. The 
congregation row has a well- 
equipped, modern and complete 
plant, consisting of church, school, 
rectory and auditorium. It num- 
bers 70 families, has 335 members 
and 70 children in school. 

youngsters and marty other inter- 
esting things. 

John P. Kyle's first wife was 
Mary F:!izabeth Ryle and of their 
seven children two, Mrs. J. H. Wal- 
ton and Solon B. Ryle live in Boone 
County. W. C. Ryle and Mrs. 
Gladys Hubbard live in California, 
E. J. Ryle in Latonia, Davis S. 
Ryle in Norwood, Ohio and Mrs. Belle Bouton in Chicago. 

With the exception of two years 

and surroundings where they orig- 
inally met. 

In politics Mr. Winston is a Re- 
publican, but he has never been 
active in politics, and has never 
held nor sought an elective office. 
He is a member of the Chicago 
Athletic Association, Vista de Lago 
Club, Harvard Club of Chicago 
and Kentucky Society of Chicago. 

Mrs. Winston is a linguist 
(speaking five languages fluently), 
has been a profound student of 
Art and Sculpture both in this . 
country and Jn France, Italy and 
Greece. She has been active and 
prominent in Chicago Society, in 
Women's Clubs and their activ- 
ities; she is a member of the Chi- 
cago Women's Club, Highland 
Park Women's Club, Highland 
Park Chapter D. A. R. and also 
"Le Cercle Francais," '(a Chicago 
Ffench Club>. She is also a mem- 
ber of the Chicago Bar, having 
taken the Law Course at Chicago , 
University, and later passed the 
Illinois Bar examination. 

Mr. Winston's main interests in 
a recreational way are in all forms 
of athletics, in music, and he is a 
patron of the Arts. 

His office is located at 1040 Otis 
Building, Chicago, Illinois, and his 
residence is at 699 Sheridan Road, 
Wilmette, Illinois. 



in Washington, D. C, six months from 1886 to 1890. 

Ryle and his mother Minerva Nel- . 

son of Kenton County. His grand- \ in Oregon, four years in Indiana, 

father settled on Middle Creek and 
John P. can remember his father 
showing him the place where he. 

Cincinnati Country Club, Camargo Virginia. 

wTffn"Tr~boy-T»tayed with Indian 

and fourteen years at Frankfort, 
John P. Ryle has lived at Grant, 
Ky. He was County Superinten- 
dant of Schools of Boore County 

Both father 
and son. John P and Solon B. Ryle 
are real boosters for Boone Coun- 
ty, ever ready to contribute and 
cooperate toward the upbuilding of 
this whole section 


1 . 


Arthur AUoway 


Arthur Alloway of Waterloo has 
the distinction of being the only 
big league baseball player ever to 
come from Boone County. Per- 
haps the readers of this story 
would recognize the name a little 
easier if we called him "Podge," 
the nickname under which he has 
passed for many years. At the 
present time he operates a farm 
on Route 2, Burlington, raising 
-mostly tobacco. His great great 
grandfather on his father's side, 
John ff. Norris, fought with Perry 
on Lake Erie, coming here from 
the east early in the last century. 

Arthur C. Roberts 

Union Deposit Bank 


Lurrel R. MiUer 

Arthur B. Rouse 



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"Podge's" father operated a 
blacksmith shog in Petersburg six- 
ty-five years at one location. He 
died in 1921 at the age of eighty- 

"Podge"' was born January 9, 
1869 at Petersburg, the son of Or- 
ville and Caroline Alloway. • His 
mother was a Clark, member of an 
old family and is remembered but 
little by the subject of this aketch 
as she passed away when "Podge" 
was five years old. 

"Podge' attended the Petersburg 
local schools, starting his baseball 
career in 1893 as a pitcher with 

the Memphis team in the Southern 
League. During the next two 
years he played with independent 
teams around ( incinnati and wa« 
given a try-oufwith Louisville. In 
1895 he played With Petersburg, 
Va., a^d in 1897 he played with 
Evansville, pitching every other 
day to win the pennant for that 
team. He was then sold to Cleve- 
land who fanned him out "to Ft. 
Wayne, where he stayed two years. 
He was then sold to Toronto of 
the International League, where he 
pitched for two years. 

In 1901 he went to Indianapolis, 
then to Omaha where he was trad- 
id in 1903 to Peoria, 111. He then, 
jumped to the Association league 
at Kansas City. In 1904 he wa» 
sold to Birmingham, Ala., then to 
Grand Rapids in the Central 
League. During the seasons of 
1907 ard 08 he acted as an umpire 
in the Western Association. Dur- 
ing the next two years he servnl 
in the same capacity in the Blue 
Gras* League. During 1911 he 
umpired in the Mountain League of 
West Virginia and the following 
year in the Tri-State' League of 

During the time he was with 
Omaha he was team mate of Mor- 
decai Brown, "Podge" winning 
twenty-six games against Brown's 
twenty-four. Bill Rourke, pres- 
ent scout for the Cincinnati Reds 
was managing the Omaha team, 
at that time and undoubtedly was 
the main cause of keeping "Podge" 
out of the big leagues. It seems 
that Rourke struck "Podg;e" one 
day while at practice and "Podge" 
retaliated by giving Rourke a thor- 
ough trimming. 

In this same league "Podge" re- 
calls a very exciting circumstance 
while playing a game at Cripple 
Oeek, Colo. The altitude was very 
high, which made it almost -im- 
possible for one to run with any 
speed, not being used tn such cli- 
matic condition. "Podge" hit a 
ball certainly good for a home run 
but due to the fact that hp fell 
down four times getting to second 
base, he was held there. 

That same day a thunder storm 
came up and a cloudburst literally 
washed away the diamond, halting 
the game and narrowly averting a 
disaster for the players and those 
who attended. 


Arthur C. Roberts of Verona, 
Kx-, is a carpenter by trade and 
also engaged in wall paper decora- 
tion and painting, and he has also 
operated a small general store in 
that town since December, 1908. 
■Mr. Roberts was born in Boone 
Count v near Verona on May 30, 
1S69, the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. 
Roberts. . 

He was united in marriage on 
October 6, 1897 with Lulu B. 
Powers, also of Verona, the daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mr*. John M. Pow- 
ers. They have no children. 

Mr. Roberts received the greater 
part of his education at the League 
Institute in Verona. Ky., under the 
management of Miss Nannie E. 
Hamilton and Mr. N. B. Hamilton 
in the eighties. Mrs. Roberts was 
educated in the League under this 
management also. 

For forty years Mr. Roberts has 
been a valued correspondent to the 
Recorder, and each week his items 
are eagerly read by hundreds of 
people. Mr. Roberts is loyal to 
the traditions of Kentucky and is 
admired by all who know him for 
his integrity of character and the 
honesty of his dealings. He is 
ever ready to contribute and co- 
operate in any worthy cause to- 
ward the betterment of his com- 
m u nfty , 

Mr. Alloway has been married 
twice, his first wife being Minnie 
Faus- of Lawrenceburg, Ind. Then- 
were three children by thus union — 
Mrs. Lyndell Voris of Tulsa. Okla.. 
singer of renown; Mrs- K. S. 
kin of Grant, Ky.. and Henr, O. 
Alloway of Oxford, Kan., who is 
in the oil busiress. His second 
wife was Belle Shinkle of Boone 
" County whom he married April 28, 

Mr. Alloway is a Mason and an 
active member in the Christian 
Church. HuXniijys fox hunting tho 
naturally his JT?Vatesi hobby is as 
it should h«*, the great national 
game of baseball. 

When the last Historical Edi- 
tion of the Boone County Recorder 
was printed back in 1903 the I'nion 
Deposit Bank had not yet opened 
its doors for business but there 
was an article about the bank and 
a picture of Dr. at. J. Crouch whu 
conceived the idea of organizing 
that institution and one of its chief 
promoters greatly interested in the 
success of the venture. 

To quote the closing paragraph 
in the edition of twenty-seven 
yvarw ago, "The l_'ni»n !H«p^sit 
Bank will begin its career well 
backed financially, well organized 
handsomely equipped and splendid- 
ly officered, and the Recorder 
trusts it will exis't a thousand years 
hence." The Recorder still holds 
to that hope and since those words 
were written nearly three decades 
have passed and many changes 
have taken place both in personnel 
and business growth. 

One of the staunchest support- 
ers and most interested, however, 
is still on the job in the person of 
J. L. Frazier, who as cashier, help- 
ed organize the bank anil BOW, 
though at the age when most men 


retire, is still as active as ever in 
guarding and protecting the depos- 
itors money. A complete biog- 
raphy of Mr. Frazier will be found 
in another place in this edition. 

If being well officered was a 
feature at the opening of the Un- 
ion Deposit Bank it is no less an 
asset now for keen competition 
exists in banking circles these days 
just as it does in any line of busi- 
ness. The present officers and 
dir ecto rs have maintained t he co n- 
fidence o? the stockholders 'and de- 
positers alike, fully meriting such 
approbation Irum every standpoint. 

E«ra Blankenbekcr is rtrw Prea- 
i !ent of the bank with Owen B.ank- 
enbeker as Vice President, who 
with J'. L. Frazier, C C. Blanhrn- 
bekeri J. W, Conner (whu was »ke 
president at the openirg of the 
bank) T. H. Garrison and George. 
i'. Harlow comprise the present 

The assistant cashier i- Mis.-. 
Lillian Bris'.ow. who has been a 
faithful and trusted emp!o>ee for 
twelve years. The writer doubts 
if any man or woman was evei 
held in higher esteem by a im- 
munity than Miss Bristov* ja. in 
'.hat section of the count v. 


For nearly one hunured years 
Landing, K>., formerly Nurmaca- 
ville, bus had a successful general 
store and, with the exception of a 
few years, this store has been op- 
erated by the Miller family, the 
present owner being Lurrel K. Mil- 
ler, who succeeded John C. Miller 
twenty years ago. 

In the olden days Normausvilie 
was an important trading point 
where was located the only woolen 
mill tn Boone county. This wa* 
liter changed tu a flour mill and 
was torn down in 1921. A picture 
of this old mill appears elsewhere 
in this edition. 

Lurrel R. Miller was' born at 
SheJdon, III., June S, 1*77 the son 
• •f Aduson I- and Luctnn Earl Mil 
ler. His father is dead but ht- 
mother is living in Mt, Auburn. 
Cincinnati. L> 1H83 Mr. Miller's 
■parents moved to Kentucky, set- 
tling mar Big B»nv where they 
stayed a few years and later moved 
to Landing near the Ohio river. 
Lurrel grew up in that section and 
attended the local public schools 
there. On January !'.<. 18'."J he 
was married to Bertha 1>. Miller, 
pjao of that ( fcice. Though of 
:he >ame name there wa- M bk>«d 

- kinihip. '. 

This couple have no children ver. they have been trie same 
a- father and mother to a fav.-nJe 
i Itertha Newberry, agid eight 
years v\ ho has lived with them for 
the past four years. Mr M • I 
li a member at the \!.. i rn Wood- 
"tii Mi- grcntwl re. n a'. 

nirjr. A: hi* «pr* in Landing 
be keep* n .-:... k all - — • m 
e ;:p . suih i- . farming 
implement* :»r,«! potion*, gr*»oei ies, 
el lie also handles ronsiderab 

i .mi .. Mr rad Mr- Uillei 
have made hundred, ••( frwnd- thru 
' their honesty of I a a < rami the,- 

willingness to contribute and aid in 

a:t worth) (M t ow ar d the l»*t- 

termeffl "f EKEr i»n c ■ i mun.:;. , 
or for the good of the county. 


Big Bone Ladies Aid 


The Big Bone Ladies Aid of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church was 
organized July 1894 with ten char- 
ter members. The first presi- 
dent, Mrs. G. W. Baker. The. pur- 
pose being to contribute to the 
welfare of church financially, spir- 
itually and socially. 

The organization now has sev- 
enteen members, onemf which is a 
charter member,- being a membet 
for 36 years. 

The soaifty meets the first 
Thursday of each month at the 
home of the members. They meet 
for the entire day. The day is 
spent quilting and irr a social way. 
A bountiful dinner is always serv- 
ed, and an enjoyable time is had 
by all. Sometimes the men come 
in for dinner ami enjoy an hours 
fellowship together. 

The present officers are: Mrs. 
J. L. Jones, (president; Mrs. J. W. 
Aylor, Mrs. L. M. Moore, treasurer. 

The Petersburg Cemetery 

The Petersburg Cemetery is one 
of the best kept and on as solid 
and substantial a financial basis 
as any county cemetery in north- 
ern Kentucky. 

This plot of ground was originally 
called "the graveyard" and was 
Inid out into lots which -sold for 
*25.00 each. As the years went 
in the original purchase price re- 
ceived was expended in the upkeep 
of the cemetery, leaving the treas- 
ury practically bare. 

About this time Mrs Martha 
Norris Collins died, leaving $r>00.00 
in a trust fund, the interest of 
which was to be applied toward 
the upkeep of the entire cemetery. 
Later, Mrs. Nannie Berkshire 
Gaines gave $100.00 to be added 
to this fund. Then Edgar C. 

Many columns of newspaper 
space has been used in the telling 
of important kaeideati pertaining 
t,. the lite of Arthur B. Route and 
his activities as Congressman from 
the Sixth District of Kentucky, 
therefore this writer senses the 
futility of attempting to add U> 
the luster Of those accomplishment* 
and will not tiy to go mto detail 
with the space ullowe I in this edi- 
tion. There is little doubt but 
what every reader of these lines 
Kaa a personal acquaint* ecship 
with Mr. Rouse, for he numbers 
his frie-nds by the hundreds, espe- 
cially in Boone County the place 


Riley became interested in the en- 
terprise and with the help of others 
interested pushed it toward com- 
pletion. John Uri Lloyd gave the 
magnificent sum of $5,000.00. 

This was followed up by an ad- 
ditional $1,000.00 given by E. 
Y. Chapin. a banker of Chattanooga 
and boyhood resident of Petersburg. 
Other contributions were received 
from M:s< Elizabeth Olds, $560.00: 
Mrs. I.. N. Early, fino.oo, nnd oth- 
.'■rs in amount ranging from $60 
•o lioo.oo until the permanent en- 
dowment totals over $11,000 and 
the fund is still growing. 

The present official board of the 
Petersburg Cemetery is composed 
of B. H. Berkshire, president; E. 
C. Riley, secretary; Wm. Stephens, 
treasurer; L. S. Chambers and H. 
H. Grant, directors. 


of his birth. 

Arthur B Rome ««« born »t 
Burlington June uo. 1*74. the son 
of Dudley and Elizabeth Blythe 
Rouse who were decemlents of two 
of the oldest families in this sec- 
tion. His father was born here In and he died in 1912? The 
mother of Mr. Rouse was b rn w 
floral* Cussity in the year of ISM 
and passed away in 1920 surviving 

her husban.t eight yen r> 

Arthur Rouse received hi- rir 
mentary education at tr»- Burl i ng - 
ton school* and later studied law 
at Hanover College, Hanover, Ind. 
where he received his d e g ree, He 
start,'.! hi- law practice a: ISurling- 
ton which he coefrfurted f ,! r a few 
years prioi ■■■ accepting n m r» 
raryshrp in Washington w h ere he 
-eftwl to that c a p a c i ty under tu. 
congressmen. In liilu he v».i» 
elected a- Congn --mm from the 
Sixth I'l-'ri." nnd ierved hii 

ii n: faithfully HH'I l"vn!h £(»r 
sixteen years. . At the presenl 
time he is President "f the iMv.r 
Tract) >n Ci aipany and holds the 
■otmr office in the Dixie «'<-arh < r 
and the Ohio Valley Company. He 
is il«o Vice President of the 1 1 

-ey Motor far f onr anv at Erlan- 

He was united in marriage in 
i'.ilil uiih Minnie E. k.llv hikI Utoj 
have two children. Arthur It Jr. 
and Rotiert K. aire 11 and 10 years 
re-pectively Both •■' these ehi'- 

dre-- were born in Washington. 

Mr. Rouse is a Presbyterian, 
Mason. Etk and a me i U-r of the 
Summit Hills Country Club. He 
md his father before him were 
Treasurer of the Burlington Ma- 
sonic Lodge holding that office fi«r 
!'■ eontinuous years. Mr Rouso still 
retains his interest in Boone Coun- 
ty and a love for her people. 

Wallace (Hop) Clore 


Wallace ("lore, comnmnlv known 
as "Hop" to hi* hundreds of loyal 
friends, was born June li, 1KU7 at 
Helleview, the son of Perry and 
Annie Wingate Clore, both ofjshODl 
are dond. He I* one of the l»e*t 
liked and tnost successful young 
farmers in this community, and 
with his wife, the former Mary 
Lids Shinkle. whom he married on 
Srptnmher 'Jx, 15*18 make one of 
the most popular couples among 
people of all age*. Mr. ('lore at- 
tended the local schools at Belle- 
view where he showed an early 
talent for basebnll. and is today 
one of the fn«test outfielders in 
the Bonne County league. 

Mrs. Clore has been a correspon- 
dent for the Boone Co. Recorder 
for over fifteen years. 






History of Point Pleasant 
Christian Church 

(By Katherine White) 

(Taken from History by B. F. 

Late in the fall of 1834 Walter 
Scott held a two week* meeting in 
the old Point Pleasant School 
House, not a great distance from 
where the church now stands. The 
first week he had one convert, Mr. 
Piatt Kennedy and the following 
week Mr. Park Walton made the 
good confession. The meeting clos- 
ed but the seed sown during that 
meeting ware bound to bring forth 
fruit in time to come. 

Then in the fall of 1839 Walter 
Scott again held a meeting — one 
of the most successful ever held 
at Point Pleasant, for the time 
had come when the seed sown in 
1837 by this same good man had 
put forth an abundant harvest and 
all that wax wanting was some 
one to proclaim the restoration of 
primitive Christianity and no one 
was better prepared to do so than 
Walter Scott. 

After the close of this meeting 
the church was organised with 
sixty-one members and called Point 

a successful minister. 

Iliimtn 1H-1, and 1856, Benja- 
min Franalin held several success- 
ful meetings lor our -church. His 
last meeting was in 1856. Bro. 
Philemon Vawtcr came to the 
church about this time, and served 
it successfully for fourteen years. 
Bro. Vawter was liked by everyone 
and at the close of his ministry, 
the church was at its zenith. 

Then came Bro. W. S. Keene, 
who also served the church for 
fourteen years — he also left the 
church in a prosperous condition. 
Bro. Keene was a splendid church 
worker. Since -that time we have 
liai a number of good young men 
among whom were: T. M. Hurst, 
W. E. Rambo, J. A. Setliff, E. J. 
Carry, G. W. Wa'.kins, Edgar D. 
Jones, Hoger T. Nooe, P. H. Dun- 
can and R. H. Carter whom you 
have all known welt. 

In aome respects we feel quite 
proud of "Old Point Pleasant 
Church," for she is. the "mother" 
of churches. Constance is an off- 
spring of Point Pleasant. Burling- 
ton once drew on Point Pleasant 
but finally let her church go down. 
Florence also drew on Point Pleas- 
ant to start her church. Bullitts- 
ville organized from Point Pleas- 

Ward Yager 


History of Red Cross Pub- 
he Health Work 

(By Emmie B. Willis) 


Pleasant. The following officers 
were elected: James Ellis, Park 
Walton ami William McGlaason; 
elders, James Cullom, Jedidiah 
K.r.i«T and Simpson Kigfts, Deac- 
ons, and John Rtgg*. Sr., Trustee. 
They continued to hold services at 
the school house and at different 
home*, throughout the neighbor- 
hood until 1841, when Mr. and 
Mrs. Josetph Brown donated land, 
and a church building was erected. 
They then had another meeting and 
ha-! man) accessions l<> the church 

ant. Ludlow received many of our 
good members, among them two 
elders, and last, but not least, Erl- 
anger got many of our members 
_when we most needed them. 

There is another thing we can 
feel proud of — look at the num- 
ber of young men who have com- 
menced preaching in Point Pleas- 
ant Church. F. N. Arnold preached 
his .first sermon here. W. S. Keene 
was a beginner here. W. E. Ram- 
bo, John A. Jayne, Harlan C. Run- 
yan.' Walter C.-Gibiuy. Edgar D. 


About this time they employed 
their first regular minister, "Old 
Father Masters," (as he was cal- 
led) who was not at all extrava- 
gant in his price, as he preached 
for $12.00 per year. 

By this time H. St. John Van 
Dake (among the first to unite 
with the church and a charter 
member) had become a good 
preacher and by the way the first 
preacher sent out by Point Pleas- 

At that time we had no colleges 
of the Bible to edurite our preach- 
ers, but Bro. Van Dake would get 
his elders together, take them to 
the woods, seat them on a log and 
preach to them, asking them to 
criticize him, which was nn inspira- 
tion to him as well as to the eld- 
ers. Bro. Van Dake removed to 
Indiana and became one of the 
leading ministers. 

Elder James Challen held two 
very successful meetings and had 
many additions. His last meeting 
was in 1847. 

Father Masters became feeble 
in health and was unable to at- 
tend church regularly and the 
church employed Jam|s Weakly 
in about 1864 or 1855. The min- 
ister's salary had begun to in- 
crease by this time snd Bro. 
Weakly received $36.00 per year. 

Some of the other ministers who 
served the church were: Bros. 
William Stratum of Cincinnati; 
Perrin of Covington; John Taft of 
Cincinnati, (a relative of Pres. 
Taft); who studied law under 
Judge Taft and Judge Burnett, but 
became dissatisfied with his pro- 
fession, began preaching snd made 

Jones, Roger T. Nooe, R. H. Car- 
ter and many others preached for 
us in the early part of their min- 
istr. and have gone out into the 
world to make their mark as min- 
isters of the Gospel, which they 
are doing with credit to themselves 
and the church. The church erected 
in 1841 was razed early in 1913 
and the present building erected 
and dedicated September 28th, 


Ward Yager is an attorney-at- 
law residing at Warsaw, Ky., and 
though not a native of Boone Co. 
certainly has a place in this edi- 
tion due to the hundreds of real 
friendships in this section that 
have come to him since he made a 
canvass at the time he successfully 
ran for the office of Commonwealth 
Attorney in the 15th District. He 
has made law breakers realize that 
this district is a good one to avoid 
and has held the respect and con- 
fidence of the best people because 
of this and other traits of high 

His hobbie is "associating with 
people" as all can attest who have 
enjoyed talking with him during 
his spare momenta, which are rath- 
er hard to find as his energy keeps 
him constantly on the move. 

He was bom in Oldham County, 
the son of J. B. and Elizabeth Alma 
Yager, on the second day of July, 
1891. He was married to Miss 
Ruth Graham, a Gallatin county 
girl. Thev have two girls, Zerelda 
and Billy Graham, both in school 
at Warsaw. 

We asked Mr. Yager to submit 
a short impression of Boone County 
folkr which ^isr printed herewith ; 
*» During the summer of 1927 I 
entered Boone County as a stran- 
ger, visited most of the homes, met 
most of the people, ard on every 
ham! was given a cordial welcome. 

From my association with Boone 
County I have observed thst the 
people are to a large degree of 
native "stock" whose parents and 
grandparents, by their thrift and 
sturdy character, set a* high stan- 
dard of citizenship in the County. 

The County is full of successful 
farmers who take great pride in 
the beaut', of' their land and build- 
ings. Many of the farmers are 
specialists; dairy, fruit growing, 
poultry, and other lines, and in all, 
high rank has been taken in the 
state and nation. 

. I have also observed that the 
young men and women who have 
gone to our colleges and univer- 
sities and into business have gain- 
ed for themselves positions of 
highest honor. 

Indeed, Boone County possesses 
a successful, happy and contented 

In November, 1925, I began the 
work of awakening the citizens of 
Boone County to a need for health 
education. At that time the local 
Red Cross had some $3000.00 left 
-from war drives. With that small 
sum, and a realization that be- 
fore it was exhausted the idea of 
Public Health and its advantages 
and importance must be sold to the 
people of the county, L commenced 
this pioneering in my own home 
county. At that time there were 
accurately speaking four people 
in the county believing that the 
undertaking would prove worth- 
while. From them and from the 
National Red Cross family who 
directed me, I drew my inspiration 
and courage to do my dailv work. 

Since the definition of Public 
Health was quite vague to the 
people generally, my first efforts 
were directed in defining it to the 
representative people of the com- 
munities which make up the 
county. This I did at churches, P. 
T. A.'s and mothers' meeting, then 
using the schools as my demon- 

services. ' 

I have placed four crippled chil- 
dren in the hospitals provided by 
the State Crippled Children's Com- 
mission and the Shriners for their 

In 1928, I went to Colorado and 
took a course especially preparing 
me to teach Home Hygiene and 
Care of the Sick and have taught 
this course to four groups of high 
school girls with the aim of mak- 
ing it a permanent part of their 
high school course, believing it is 
of inestimable value to these girls 
who will some day become the 
mothers and homekeepers of our 

As the funds of the Red Cross 
County Chapter diminished, the 
nursing committee which was made 
up of those four believers, of whom 
I spoke, have made bold each year 
to ask increasing aid from the 
county fiscal cotfrt, and each re- 
quest has met with a unanimous 
vote- from the court for the ap- 
propriation necessary to be made. 
They know the worth of the Red 
Cross Nursing Service and they 
say: "It is worth much more than 
it costs.? "- 

My work in Boone County has 
spilled over the edges of the coun- 


stration field. 

I inspected the children in every 
school in the county that first 
year, notifying the parents of all 
defects found and personally urg-- 
ing medical advice and care. 
Sometimes I met with resentment 
on the part of parents, T "was in- 
terfering with their private af- 
fairs" to then* at that, time, but 
as time has passed they have won- 
derfully res ponde d and after four 

ty, health workers from adjoining 
counties and states have watched 
it with interest, the National Red 
Cross points to it with pride, and 
has often used its progress for 
talks at Regional Conferences. 
When a Philippine nurse came to 
Washington in 1929, requesting 
of the Red Cross to be sent by 
them to two rural services where 
she might be helped in doing rural 
work in the Islands, one of the 


and one-hslf years 1 am their 
friend, and they seek me for ad- 
vice, rather than my having to 
search them out as I did in the 

Through the schools and - the 
health teaching of the children 
and parent co-operation, I have 
been able to get a correction of 
856 physical defects, which defects 



places to which she was sent was 
to Boone County. 

I have put the best of myself I 
could command into this work, and 
h.3ve received in return wealth un- 
told, the confidence and trust of 
parents, the love and faith of little 

From my home and its associa- 
tions, of my wonderful mother, 
who believed in every thought I 
ever had, and my father who idol- 
ized me as a child, both of whom 
ever held before me the ideal of 
being a friend to humankind, and 
I have drawn from my home and 
my memory of them a longing to 
help others to make their homes 
just such a source of inspiration. 

The Farmers Mutual Fire 
Insurance Company 

(By R. B. Huey) 



Since that time our congregation 
has not been very large. We have 
lost so many of our members by 
i'eath and removal and some by 
indifference, but a few of us are 
A'.III trying to keep things going 
as best we can and would be glad 
to have everyone in the commun- 
ity join in with us and try to 
build up our congregation to what 
it was a few years ago. 

Bro. Charles Crawford preaehes 
for us every third Sunday at 11:00 
a. m. and 2:00 p. m. 


First Universalist Church 

Was organized May 27, 1876. 
Church building was erected in 
1879. Organisers were Lewis Con- 
ner and wife, John T. CTaven and 
wife. Noah Craven and wife, Jas. 
D. Cloud, R. D. Jones, Oscar 
Gaines, H. P. Crisler. C. C. Con- 
ner and Elizabeth Mirick. Rev. S. 
P. Carlton, Pastor. 

Some of the early pastors of 
this church were W. M. Jones, 
J. W. Henly, W. S. Bacon, I. B. 
Grandy, C. C. Conner and others. 


are known to be disease producing 
and estimating the preventing of 
one disease for each defec\, and 
the subsequent cost, the county 
folks have been saved $80,484.00, 
not speaking of the cost of heart- 
aches, anguish and disrupted homes 
which illness exacts. 

The second year of my service 
was given largely to holding Baby 
and Pre-school Clinics, and in 
these the county physicians and 
several child specialists from Cov- 
ington and Cincinnati, gave their 

The Farmers Mutual Fire Insur- 
ance Company was organized April 
8th, 1878, and began business the 
following November with $100,000 
on the books. 

The following named gentlemen 
have served as its officers during 
the fifty-two years that have 
elapsed since its organization: 

Presidents: J. A. Gaines, N. S. 
Walton, Jno. S. Huey, Edgar Crop- 
per and N. C. Tanner. 

Secretaries: Oscar Gaines, Mal- 
'•hus Souther, R. B. Huey and F. 
H. Rouse. 

Agents: Wm. Rogers, R. B. Hu- 
ey, R. W. Rouse and L. R. Barlow. 

Treasurers: Jas. Duncan. F. A. 
Utz, C. H. Youell and The Peoples 
Bank. _ _ 


Dudley Rouse Blythe 

Dudley Rouse Blythe, Chough still 
• young man, has been in business 
in Burlington for twenty-one years 
and is one of the most influential 
men of his community and county. 
He was born on September 28. 1887 
the son of George and Laura Huey 
Blythe, both of whom are natives 
of Kentucky and descendants of 
old families. In his younger days 
"Xlud", as he is called by his friends 
attended the local schools under 
good teachers, and was interested 
in fanning up until the time he 
was twenty-two years of age. 

On October 26, 1909 he was uni- 
ted in marriage with Floss Botts, 
who was born at Petersburg on 

store building once owned by his 
uncle, after whom he was named, 
though owned by his father, George 
Blythe, at that time. 

On June 7, 1921, this old store 
building burned to the ground with 
a loss to Mr. Blythe of $3,000, 
being only pirtl) covered by in- 
surance. A disaster of this kind 
to a young business man would In 
most disheartening at the best, and 
many would have -given up in de- 
spair. Instead of admitting fail- 
ure Mr. Blythe bought the lots on 
which the old building stood and 
promptly built a beautiful new two- 
story brick structure that was a 
decided asset to the town as well 
as to the owner, and a great im- 
provement to the appearance of 

Ezra K. Tanner 


February 17, 1892 a daughter of 
John and Carrie Smith Botts. Mr. 
Botts is a carpenter by trade and 
both he and his wife are natives of 
Kentucky and descendants of old 
families here. Mr. and Mrs. Dud- 
ley Blythe have two children, Ar- 
thur Edson, born June 20, 1910, 
who is now married to Hazel Clore. 
They have one little daughter. Mar- 
eella Blythe. aged six -months. 

The other child is- Martha who 
was born on<)ctober 27, 1914. She 
is a very attractive girl and very 
popular with young and old. She 
is in her second ^ear of high school 
and one of the best students at the 
Burlington institution. She em- 
joys basketball and was one of the 
valued players on her team last 

In January 1910, following his 
marriage. Mr. Blythe started work- 
ing for E. E. Kelly in his general 
•tore at Burlington. Here he show- 
ed unusual efficiency and made 
many friends, so that when he. 
bought out Mr Kelley on June 10, 
1919 his own business was soon 
quickly established. At that time 
only about one-half the amount of 
stock was carried in his store that 
is found today at this modern mer- 
cantile establishment. On January 
13, 1921 "Dud" moved his store 
across the street into the old Rouse 

that corner. By mighty hard work 
and personal supervision he erect- 
ed, this building in a little over 
two .month- and opened for busi- 
ness in his r.ew store on August 
20. 1921. He and his family re- 
side in an attractive and pleasant 
apartment of six rooms on the sec- 
ond floor of this building. 

Mr. Blythe carries a complex 
line of general merchandise, includ- 
ing shoes, hardware, notions, diy 
goods, groceries, paints, meats, 
cold drinks, ice cream, cigars and 
c igarettes^ in fact, most anything 
necessary for a man und his fam- 
ily. Claude Greenup is a valued 
clerk where for the past three 
years his capabilities and friendly 
iranner have won him additional 
friends to the store. 

Mr. Blythe is a member of the 
Masonic I»dge at Burlington, the 
Scottish Kite at Covington, and the 
Oleika Shrine at Lexington. Mrs. 
Blythe is a member of the Eastern 
Star, There is no more- ardent 
baseball fan in Boone county than 
"Dud" Blythe and he has done 
much to make this wholesome sport 
possible in this section. He is pub- 
lic spirited in every way. greatly 
interested in his county and ever 
ready to contribute and cooperate 
toward any movement for its bet- 

J. Frank Grant 

(By E. Y. Chapin) 

Born in Louisville in 1843, J. 
Frank Grant came to Boone County 
in his early childhood. He was 
the eldest of four sons of Dr. E. 
L. Grunt-— a physician-farmer who 
held an eminent place in his com- 
munity. Frank Grant remained 

which came to J. Frank Grant dur- 
ing the generation which knew him. 
For rrany years he represented his 
community in the Grand Lodge of 
Odd Fellows for Kentucky, becom- 
ing its Grnnd Master in 1889. For 
almost as long he represented his 
state in the national gathering- of 
that order. 

He was a re ognized leader in 
the politics of hit county and hi< 


upon his father's farm until 1870; 
when he and his brother, W. Ed 
Grant, purchased the general store 
of Mr. John Gaines and became 
the leading merchants of Peters- 
burg. Later, W. Ed Grant went 
to Louisville to study medicine and 
to become one of its most prominent 
physicians; and J. Frank Grant 
went on alone. 

He remained the most prominent 
merchant in Petersburg until the 
middle eighties, when he founded 
the Bank of Petersburg. He con- 
ducted that enterprise until he 
went to Baltimore in 1897 to be- 
come Grand Secretary and Adju- 
tant General of the Independent 
Order of Odd Fellows. He died 
in Baltimore in 1904. His remains 
repose in the Petersburg Cemetery. 
• No man enjoyed greater prom- 
inence in Boone County than that 

state, representing Boone County 
in many Democratic conventions. 
At one time he was a formidable 
candidate for Congress. He was 
the leading layman of the Meth- 
odist congregation at Petersburg. 
A man of broad intellectuality, he 
collected the largest private library 
in his community. The works of 
many of the greatest authors of his 
time, notably those of Dickens, 
were brought to Petersburg by him 
and circulated there through his 

The brightness of his mind and 
the warmth of his heart brought 
many friends to J. Frank Grant. 
His public spirited interest in his 
community and the enterprise 
which he displayed in connection 
with it made him its civic leader. 
He won the respect and the regard 
of his neighbors. 

Chas. Winfield Myers, Sr. 


Charles* Wk.field Myers, ir, 
holds an enviable position in the 
hearts of thousands of Boone coun- 
ty residents who have known him 
for many years and have traded 
with him throughout the greater 
part of their life. At the pi ev- 
ent tune an I since the inception 
ot his business in 1921. he holds 
the trairhsse tor the sale 01 rord 
cir- and allied products. 

He is noted throughoir nn 
em Kentucky as being one .>f the 
fairest anil squares: aut tmobile 
dealers in thi- sectiun, and the 
purchaser of any car from this 
company is always sasured of COW 
plete se rvices at the loweal pos 

Chas. Winfield Myers, Jr. 


Charles Winlield Myers, Jr., is a 
; oung business man of Florence 
i I ,i recognized leader in many 
live enteri r l-i -. lie is in busi- 
ness, with i- aiht'i ..- the local 
r'ord ("< lei at 1- reflce, starting la 
;hi. i nm ,i\ r iniiiieij ateiy after his 
«i h ot da) - were over. 

\1>\ Myers was Born at Florence 

on February it, limn, the son of 
Charles W i nfie l d ^n-l G e org ia Say- 

er Myers whose biography np- 
iriM elsewhere in this edition. 

Winnie." as his friends call him, 
:, . fond the loi il public schools at 
•"'Ion- re, sricn: three year* at 
Woodward High in < i ri. innati, and 
•m ived his preliminary business 




On June SO, 1929 Mr. and Mis. 

Ezra K. celebrated then 

kuaun w.dding anniversary, being 

dressed that day in the same 

clothes worn on their wedding day 

in l£79. The accompanying pho-. 

tograph taken thai dav will show 

they arc both in the best of healtl: 

Respite their advanced years. 

Their entire married life has been 
spent on the farm where Mrs. Tan- 
ner was burn in IS^ti. Her name 
was Alameda R. Tanner. I he.. 
have one son, Harry_ L. Ezra K. 
Tanner was born near Florence, 
Kentucky, on the 2<rd day- ol 
February, is.">7, the sua of Simeon 
and Karhel Tanner. Mr. TannVr 
has been a hard worker all his life, 
and looked up to as a man of hon- 
< -t character ever ready U> assist, 
in the many improvements for the 
goud of the community. 

Both Mr. und Mrs. Tanner have 
been members of Hopeful Lutheran 
Church from the days of then 
youth, and Mr. Tanner served as 
superin'.e; dent of Sunday School, 
chorister of church, and member ol 
the church council for many years. 

Hubert Conner 

As president of the Hebron Bank 
Hubert Conner is well known to all 
in his community and has the re- 
spect and confidence of his fellow - 
men to the utmost degree. He is 
primarily a farmer at which occu- 
pation he has spent the greater 
portion of his life and has attained 
a success beyond most people. He 
resides on a beautiful place just 
east of Hebron where he raises gen- 
eral firm products and has a .urn 
her of Holstein dairy cattle all of 
which are registered stock. 

"Mr. Conner was bom October 7. 
1872 at Hebron the son of John I.. 
and Uura M. "Hedges Conner, who 
were also born ami reared in Boom- 
County. He married Lillie Good 
ridge October 2a, 1899. She »a 
the daughter of Allen and Allic 
Milberts. natives of this county, 
and among her most respected cit 
izen.v They have five children. 
Mbov c. age 29, wife of Ralph 
Jones, Cecil age 24. John L. ag>- 
21. Dorothy L. age 12 and James , 
C. age 9. 

Mr. Conner has played an Im- 
portant part in the life of the pee- - 
pie of Boone County and there is 
not a man here who is more in- 
terested in his community than he 
and any worthy enterprise never 
fails to find a strong supporter in 
this gentleman farmer and banker. 


sible prices. 

Mr. Meyers should take no little 
pride in the fact that once a man 
purchases a ear from his agency- 
he seldom goes elsewhere when 
another new car is needed. Mr. 
Myc**' carries a complete line of 
Ford cars in stock, -elling about 
one hundred seventy-five per year 
not counting the used nn which 
would run the total up to about 
three hundred fifty. He sells 
Standard Oil product! and has 
bundled the Goodrich. Goodyear, 
and Fires to e tires for many year*. 

Mr Myers was ' burn al Alexan- 
dria, Ky., on August (#, 1KH7, the 
son of Henry and Agnes Boyle 
Myers. His father was born in 
Germany, coming to this country 
at an early age and settling in 
Boone County hn 1878, 

The boyhood of Mr Myers was 
■ I>ent in Ludlow and Florence 
where he attended the local sch tola. 
l.ater his father wis in the meat 
business at Florence and young 
Myers assisted him in that li c 
until 1888, when he started clerk- 
ing for the F. L. Switman store 
where he remained nearly four 
years. At this time he entered 
business for himself, opening a 
dry goixlx store in Florence in 18*7 
which he conducted until starting 
the garage in 1921. 

Mr. Myers was married in Jan- 
uary. 1891 to Georgia B. Snyder 
of Boone County, the daughter of 
lames P. and Sallie Springer Sny- 
der. James Snyder was burn M 
Virginia, coming to Boone county 
as a young man. 

Mrs Myers is a rntr»in of Reu- 
ben Springer. Cincinnati capitalist. 

training at l.itjlef.rd Business c,,|. 
lege, also located at Cincinnati. 

M»» Myers uus united in " >i 
'ifkt- with Dorothy Virginia Pick- 
ett on December 21. 192V They 
have two children--Dale Pre ties, 
aged three ami one hah' and Nancy- 
Cay, aged two months. Mr- Myers, 
Ji.Tae the daughter of Clarence, and Pickett of thi- rmmty 

Mr. M>ers is a member of the 
M i sonic Lodge, Gjiod Faith N" 95; 
at Erjanger and Ki-hmn- Unijto "f 
Covington. He finds his recreation 

in all kinds nf sp oris, having a 
pit fen- it for golf, fishing and 
ti'nnis. Both he an. I his wife are 
members of the Baptist Phprch He' 
is treasurer of the Florence Bidd- 
ing and Lian Association and 
Chairmtn of the Boone Counts Red 
Croaa. Like his father. Mr Myers 
i« greatly interested in anvthtng 
working toward the betterment »»f 
4\\* county. 

who gave Mime Halt to Cincinnati. 
Mr. Myers is a member of the 
I. (». O. F. Venus L-dge No. 54 
of Florence. He is president of 
the Florence Building md Loan As- 
sociation and director of the Flo- 
rence ih'posit Bank. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Myers are members of 
the Baptist Church, 

Mr. Mjers is devoted to his busi- 
ness and derives h|« greatest pleas- 
ure from mingling with his friend* 
nnd enjoying t 1 e companionship of 
his family. When anything is un- 
dertaken for the good of the coun-^ 
ty the assistance of Mr Myers i- 
inviriably s,,ugbt, and In- willing 
nes* tn rnnperatr and B""M is nev- 
er lacking if the cause i- worthy, 


Walton Advertiser 

Fifteen years ago R. D. Stamler 
began publishing a small Weekly 
paper in Walton with pages only- 
nine by twelve inches and meagre 
advertising patronage. Their cir- 
culation did not exceed two or three 
hundred copies each'week, and this 
mail was carried to the postoffice 
in a small chip basket. As the 
years went on the pa.ier became 
popular locally arjl about fourteen 
years ago he associated himself 
with J. It. Wallace and they began 
the publication of a six column, 
four page paper. 

Mr. Wallace was an old newspe- 
perman with both daily and week- 
ly experience, just prior to this 
time being associated with his bro- 
ther, D. B. Wallace in publishing 
! a weekly paper at Warsaw, Ky. 
This Gallatin County publication 

HOPEFUL LUTHERAN CHURCH was established in May, 1880 and 


was sold to other parlies in l»0fi. 

The Walton Advertiser began 
growing until it was found neces-" 
sary to enlarge the paper to an 
eight page, seven column sheet. 
For eleven years the paper was 
hand set. until about three years 
ago, realizing the necessity of the 
times, a Merganthaler Linotvpe 
was installed together with a large 
eight column press. 

The paper which once was ear- 
ned in a chip basket now requires 
over twenty-five mail sacks each 
week for mailing. Its good ef- 
forts for Walton and the sunound- 
ing communities has been recog- 
nized, and the press owners have 
refused several offers of late to 
sell to different parties. This es- 
tablishment is also equipped with 
a nice job printing department that 
added materially to the revenue of 
the business. 

■i u 



C. Scott Chambers 


A biographi cal .history Jit-jycsk 
gressive citizens and uld families 
of Boone County would not be com- 
plete without a sketch of the lift- 
anil work of our leading undertaker 
and worthy citizen, C. Scott Cham- 
bers of Walton. Like so piany 
other men who have made their 
mark in the world, he was born 
and reared on the farm. He at- 
tended the county schools of the 
neighborhood, finishing his elemen- 
tary education at the Aurora High 
School, Aurora, bid. After this 
he engaged in fupning for several 
years, successfully, managing and 
operating hi* father's extensive 

On November 7, 1900 he was 

united m marriage with Alta Tef- 

rill of Petersburg, daughter of John 
and Mary Terrill of that place 
They have two very attractive 
daughter*. Aleen, who was" Both 
on July ;!">, 1902 ami who is the 
wifr of Reuben Conner, cashier <>f 
the J* Bank of Krlanger. The 
second daughter in Mary Scott, who 
was born on May 2t'>, 1904 and who 
married Wallace K. Cruhb*. both 
of whuin «re associated with heT 
falher in business. Mr. Chambers 
also has a beautiful little grand- 
daughter, .leamitte Chamber* 
Grubhs. aged nine month*. 

A dear little girl four years of 
age from the Orphans Home in 

Edgar Surface Graves 

James A. Riddell 



bined with his ability makes him 
one of the leading undertakers in 
northern Kentucky. 

Both Mr. aid Mrs. Grubbs arc 
also licensed embalmers and under- 
takers amrare qualified in all mod- 
ern methoda of the profession. Mrs. 
Grubbs was one of the first lady 
undertakers in the state. Although 
many fine compliments hive been 
passed to Mr. Chambers relative 


l-ouisville came to the ( 'hambers 
home on a visit about two years ago 
and when the parting time- came 
she had become s<> attached to him 
and his family that she wanted to 
remain, so out. of sympathy and 
the pure kindness of his heart he 
has kept this little girl and given 
her parental rare, which she seems 
to realize for she says, "I have the 
best daddy in the world." 

Mr. Chambers came from Peters- 
burg to Walton about twenty years 
ago and etr.ered the undertaking 
business. By his industry, COOT- 
tesy and kind co -iderution of his 
fellow men, he has built up a large' 
patro n age not only in his own com- 
munity Inn in the adjoining coun 
ties as well. 

On deciding to make this profes 
slim his life work he attended the 
Cincinnati College of Kmbalming, 
inking « course preparatory to try- 
ing the stau- examination. This 
be- passed with highest honors, and 
h.- i- l.oth a licensed embalnier and 
Undertake* in the three states of 
Indiana. Kentucky ami Ohio. -He 
has an up-to-date establishment 
equipped with all the modern facil- 
ities reeessary for his business, and 
he- spares neithir time nor expense 
to attain perfection and today has 
an equipment second to none in tlu- 
state. His latest addition was the 
purchase of a new hearse anil a 
new invalid coach and ambulance, 
in the belief that "Boone County 
having the best people they deserve 
the best equipment." His person- 
ality and kindness to others com- 

to his direction of funerals, this 
writer wishes to add that his grave 
servioe is second to none. The 
very latewt type tents, awnings, and 
lowering devises make this service 
one of beauty, and Mr. Chambers 
is himself a genius in the arrang- 
ing of flowers. 

Below follows a concise history, 
or as near so as space will allow, 
of one of the oldest families in this 
section whose family on both sides 
are of Scotch-Irish descent. C. 

, One of the happiest and most 
' congenial families in Boone County 
is that of Mr. anu Mrs. raigar &ui- 
face Graves. Undoubtedly their 
nappiness nas been conceived be- 
cause oi their willingness aa.i read- 
iness to on the ngnt ining at all 
times unu under au circifmstance*. 
They reside on a beaumul larm 
near heorun where they raise gen- 
eral farm products and specialize 
in registered jersey cattle and 
Chester Vvhile nogs. r.dgar S. 
Graves' father V\ imam and granu- 
iather Johnson were born on tne 
larm where tney now live. His 
mother anu her parents wire Iro.n 
Ohio, whose ancestors we.e orig- 
inally from Virginia. 

The parents oi .*lis. Graves were 
natives of Kngiand. tier lather, 
Joseph Bullock, was born March It!, 
lettt. at west lladdlesey i.i York- 
shire, Kngiand. Her mother. Mary 
Elizabeth ibbe.son was born in Liv- 
erpool, Kngiand on July 2:1. 1819. 
Tney were married at Yorkshire, 
Kngiand June 29, 1871, less than a 
month later coming to America 
wheie the., resided in Cincinnati 
lor a few years. The most ot 
their married life was spent in 
lieoion, where both passed away 
i.unng the spring of 1920. 

Edgar S. J/ravei was born at Bul- 
littavirJe on May 18, 1881, the son 
oi Win. Gaines and Mary Jane Sur- 
face draws. Mr. Craves spent 
his boyhood daya around Hebron, 
attending the local public schools at 
Bullittsvil'e and Hebron and receiv- 
ed his further education in private 

On June 21, I9M Mr. Graves was 
united in marriage with Grace R. 
Bnllnek who was born at llehron, 
the daughter of | arents named 
above. 1 hey have two children 
living-- Koliert l.inton. aged 17, aid 
Wm. Edgar, aged Si. The first 
child. James Alvin, who was born 
on June 2, 1909, died at the age of 
sixteen. Kober; Linton, the eld- 
est living, was graduated from the 
1930 class of Hebron High School, 
and has been a great worker of the 
4-H Club. In 1928 he was Ken- 
tucky State corn growing cham- 

Mr. Craves is a member of the 
Masonic Lodge, and though never 
aspiring to political office, he serv- 
ed eight years as Deputy Assessor. 
Mr. Graves is known throughout 
the county as a man of highest 
character whose honest achieve- 
ments have come about through an 
intensive knowledge of up-to-date 
fai m nig operations, and his willing- 
ness to co-operate toward the up- 
building of the county lias never 
been questioned. 


We challenge the state of Indiana 
1 1 produce a druggist who has teen 
in business for himself at one lo- 
cation for fifty-six years to equal 
the Tecord of James A Riddell, the 
subject of this brief and inade- 
quate biography. 

Mr. Riddel: was born at Peters- 
burg, Kentucky, Ma> :!, 1840, the 
son of Marcellus and Martha C. 
Hiddell, who resided in that town. 
During the latter part of the Civil 
War, he was attending the private 
school of Mr. Sackett Mead at Cov- 
ington, Kentucky, and after a pre- 
liminary education served a while 
in the dry goods store of William 
C. Berkshire, at Petersburg, Ky. 
At the age of eighteen he left Pe- 
tersburg tu take a position as clerk 
in the drug store owned by John 
Ferris at Lawrenceburg, Indiana. 
After leaving this position he went 
to Shoals, Indiana, for one summer 
in the same capacity. He also serv- 
ed as clerk with Charlton and An- 
drews, pharmacists, at Sejmour, 
Indiana. Mr. Riddell iirt8?4 mov- 
ed froth Siymnur to Aurora and, 
forming a partnershjn with Mr. 
John B. Morrison of Seymour, 
opened a drug store under the firm 
name of J, A. Riddell and -Cuiu-- 
pany, January 31st. 1883 this part- 
nership was dissolved, Mr. Ri 'dell 
continuing the business until Jan- 
uary 17, 1930. then selling his store 
to Lester H. Boese, of Indianapolis, 
Indiana, doing business in the same 
room fifty-six years, lacking four- 
teen days. 

He never was serried, "and re- 
sides with his sister, Marceline Rid- 
dell at 205 Hanover-av„ Aurora. He 
is affiliated with jlie^Masonit, fra- 
ternity, being a TCnight Templar, 
Sco'tish Rife". 32nd degree and a 
member of the Shrine. His great. 


Scott Chambers was bom in the 
Petersburg precinct on Kebruary 
13, 1871. the son of Alfred E. and 
Laura Scott Chambers, the father 
a native of Boone County and the 
mother of Kenton. 

The writer will take up Mr. 
Chambers' paternal ancestors first. 
The great grandfather of Mr. 
Chambers was Robeirt Chambers, 



who came from Virginia and set- 
tled at Burlington about 1800. He 
married a girl by the name of Mc- 
Allister of Scottish descent. The 
grandfather of Mr. Chambers was 
Alfred E. Chambers, who was bom 
at Burlington on October 1*„ 1809 
He named Amanda Sandford who 
was born on May 8, 1814. She 
was also a native of Boone County. 

Mr. Chambers' maternal grand- 
father by the name of Cleveland 
Scott was born in Kenton Count . . 
and he married Alvira Collins, a 
native of Burlington. Cleveland 
Scott's father and great grandfa- 
ther of Mr. Chambers was Elmore 
Scott, who was a native of Virginia 
and one of the early settlers of 
Kenton County He married Pollv 
Cleveland, a Kenton County girl. 
The parents of Alvira Collins and 
graat grandparents of Mr.- ("ham- 
bers were Amos Collins, native of 
Massachusetts, who married Pris- 
cilla Swing native of Kentucky. 

Mr. Chambers is a member of the 
State Board of Examiners of Un- 
dertakers at. Louisville, having serv- 


ed in that capacity for several 
years. He is affiliated with the 
I. O. O. K. Lodge and a stanch 
member of the Masonic Order. In 
politics he has followed the te r.'h- 
ing of his ynuth and is a loyal Ileni- 
ocrat of the old school. He is 
progressive and always contributes 
liberally toward every worthy aise 
that has for its aim the upbuilding 
and development of his town and 
county. He is a member of the 
Christian Church and as an Elder 
is an active worker for the cause. 
He is Chairman of the Official 
Board and has been superintendent 
of the Sunday School for a number 
of years. He never absents him- 
self from church service unle'ss kept 
away by'business or illness. He ; s 
devotee to his mother and seldom 
fails to make her a weekh visit nt 
Petersburg, continuously doin-* 
romething for her pleasu-e an! 
happiness. Mr. Chambers d«serves 
all the good things in life that 
have come to him, and ro doubt 
but what many more are in store 
in the days that are- to come. 

O. M. Rogers 


Although away from Boone Co. 
thirty years, as far as his residence 
is concerned, O. M. Rogers has 
never lost track of his home coun- 
ty and is as muoh interested in Un- 
people of this section as though he 
had lived here during all those 
years. He is an attorney at law 
with a practice second to none in 
this territory with many cases in 
the Boone courts and those of Ken- 
ton County. His son, James a 
graduate of the law school at the 
University is associated with him. 
Their office is located in the Cov- 
ington Trust Company building at 
Sixth and Madison streets, Coving- 
ton. Mr. Rogers has a beautiful 
home situated in one of the most 
desirable residential sections at 319 
Krlanger Road, Erlanger. 

Mr. Rogers was born near Belle- 
view on. November 21, 1872 the son 
of James and Laura Walton Rog- 
ers. He marrie.i Katherine Smith 
a daughter of Dr. J. Francis Smith 
and Virginia Webb Smith, early 
settlers of Boone Cour.ty and 
where Dr. Smith practiced his pro- 
fession for fifty years. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have three 


children, Laura Frances, James 
Coleman and Louise Woodward. 
Laura is a graduate of the Univer- 
sity of Cincinnati and Louise is 
now a student at the University of 

Mr. Rogers is a member of the 
Masonic and Elk lodges and derives 
his greatest relaxation and pleas- 
ure from good horses and flower 
gardening. . He is called upon fre- 
quently to give his time and money 
for many divers chiritable purpos- 
es and his response is always forth- 
coming if the cause is worthy. 

Everett L. Aylor 


Everett L. Aylor was born at 
Limaburg, Booje Cou-ty, June 17, 
1881 the son of Thomas B. and 
Julia Jones Aylor who were also 
natives of this county. He has 
been a farmer throughout his life 
time and has been most successful 
at his chosen vocation. 

He married Mabel Vest, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Vest 
and they have two children, Helen 
V., wife of Rev. John R. Gilpin 
row pastor of the First Baptist 
Church at Russell, K\., and Wilbur 

Mr. Aylor is a loyal member of 
the First Baptist Church at Wal- 
ton and one of its strongest sup- 
porters and workers. He is in- 
tensively interested in his county 
an I always ready 'and willing to 
help any meritorious cause. 

est hobbies are flowers and birds. 

Mr. Riddell was elected a director 
of the First National Bank at Au- 
rora. Indiana in 1910. In 1914 he 
was elected President of the First 
National Bank. 

Although away from Boone Co. 
for sixf - f ive years Mr. Riddell has 
kept in cons'.ant touch with this 
county and its people. His busi- 
ness life his been spent across the 
river, buV be still holds dear the 
memories of his happy boyhood 
days at Petersburg. 



John L. Vest 

No man in Boone County, or for 
;hat matter in northern Kentucky- 
is held in greater esteem by his 
fellow citizens than John L. Vest, 
of Walton, whose successful busi- 
ness career has been rounded out 
i)> years of service, friendship and 
charity to others. He is a lawyer 
of the highest type whose business 
has been confined principally to all 
kinds of civil and corporation law. 
As a matter fact, he has had but 
three"eriminal cases since being ad- 
mitted to the bar and these were 
taken against his wish. He has 
an extensive private -practice and 
is retained as counsel for many 
prominent business and banking in- 

John Lewis Vest was born near 
Verona on November 18, 1876, the 
-on of farter Hamilton and Miran- 
da Jane Lewis Vest, His ances- 
try dates back on his father's lid* 
to the pioneer families of this state. 
His great grandfather, also of the 
name of John Vest,- was born in 
Virginia on March 12. 17S1 and 
died in Boone County on March 28, 
1848. There was a family of four 
brothers who came from England 
arior to the Revolutionary War. 
Two stayed in Virginia, one mi- 

Boone County Chevrolet Dr. Edgar D. Jones 


grating to Kentucky and one to 
Missouri. John L. Vest is descend- 
trom Uie Ken tu c k y branch of 
thia family. The grandfather of 
John L. Vest was Payne Vest, who 
spent his lif« time in this county. 
He was born on May 4, 1814 and 
died March IS, lHKti. He married 
Sallie Hamilton of Verona, who was 
a descendent of original settlers of 
what is now the state of West Vir- 
ginia. The father of Mr. Vest. 
as stated before, was Carter Ham- 
Iton Vest, and he was born on Jan- 
uary 19, 1840 and died on March 
28, 1907. A peculiar thing might 
be noted here to the extent that 
each of these three ancestors \>f 
Mr. Vest died during the month of 

Carter H. Vest married Miranda 
Lewis, who was born in Covingtor. 
on Feb. 2, 185? "and who moved 
to this county as a >oung girl. The 
maternal grandfather of John L. 
Vest, was Charles D. Lewis of 
Boyle County, and he married Eliz- 
abeth Boiling, a descendant of the 
illustrious Virginia family of that 

Three and one-half years ago the 
trvtciiise for the sale of Chevrolet 
cart in Boon* and Gallatin Coun- 
ties was taken over by John L. Vest 
<>f Walton, with whom is associated 
Denver Bassett acting in the ca- 
pacity of manager of the Boone Co. 
Chevrolet Co. The organization is 
housed in an especialy constructed 
building on Main-st. with a 60-ft. 
frontage and a depth about the 
same. The business is one of the 
most successful in this territory, 
and this company is the only Chev- 
rolet dealer in the two above men- 
tioned counties. They handle al- 
together about five hundred cars 
each year, new and used. They 
keep a complete line of Chevrolets 
on display at all times, including 
roadsters, phaetons, coupes, coaches 
sedans and trucks. 

A full line of parts of all kinds 
are carried in stock sum] most 
modern and improved machinery 
will be found in the repair shop. 
They employ three service men, 
all of whom are graduates of the 
Chevrolet Service School and are 
competent to give the unexcelled 
service given by this organization 
to all purchasers of their cars. 
William M Collins of Crittenden is 
their salesman and he has been 
most successful in this branch, be- 
ing a member of the One Hundred 
Car Club, a Chevrolet organization. 

He remained there until 191)4 when 
he came to Walton, when- he has 
remained since that time. - Lhe 
first six years of his sojourn in 
Walton he was again coDBaWd 
with J. G. Tomlin and on January 
10, 1910 he arranged a full' par- 
tnership with Mr. Tomlin in this 
l^usinew* that lasted until the «rn'>- 
of Mr. Tomlin in September 19iy. 
Since that time he has been alone 
and has built up a lucrative and 
expensive practice. 

On January 3, 190<> he was united 
in marriage with Kdna May Ix<omis 
of Kenton County, who was born 
o:i May 11. 18H3 the daughter of 
Walter T. and - Georgia Coleman 
Loomla, both of whom were natives 
of Kentucky. 

Mr. and Mrs. Vest have one child, 
a son Walter Dudley, who was born 
on March ii, 19t)8 He is a grad- 
uate of the Walton High School 
ani received iua &. 9 degru* frum 
the University of Kentucky in June, 
1930. He is ro'w taking a Doftt- 
graduata course<~at the l'niver*ity 
in the sbudy of law. During the 
time of his university days he wix 
a member of the school band and 
of the student Council, and he 
was president of Delta Tau Delta 

Besides his law practice Mr. Vest 
is financially interested in many 
diverse enterprises, principally as a 
large stockholder of the Income 
Life Insurance Co. of I/>uisville. 
of which he is a director; the Ang- 
lin Ave. Tobacco Warehouse of 
Lexington, of which he is a dirjector 
and secretary; and the Formica 
Insulatian of Cincinnati, where he 
is a director and one of the large 
stockholders. - He is also a mem- 
ber of the board of directors of the 
Bank of Independence. 

Mr. Vest has all degrees of Ma- 
sonry up to the thirty-second, is a 
member of the Korsair Shrine 
Terrple of Louisville, the Indra 

Benj. H. Berkshire 

I'hl'UKSlil !«.. K i. 



John L. Veet received the most 
of his elementary school training 
inder the tutelage of Miss Nannie 
K. Hamilton in her famous school 
at Verona. From there he went 
to the National Normal University 
at Lebanon, Ohio and when at about 
:he age of eighteen he started the 
study of law during the time he 
was teaching school in various 
places. He spent two and one- 
hal r years in the law office of J. 
fl. Tomlin at Walton and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1899. 

At this time he wect to the coun- 
ty seat town of Independence where 
he "hung out his shirgle" and es- 
tablished a considerable practice. 


Consistory at Covington, and the 
Blue Lodge at Walton. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Vest are members of the 
Order of Eastern Star and he is a 
past Grard Patron of the atate 
during the years of 1920 and "1 921. 
Mr. Vest is interested in the home 
he built 'in Walton in 1912 and 
takes great pleasure in looking af- 
ter the grounds and his garden dur- 
ing the cool fff the summer eve- 

He has never sought political 
office not because of lack of Inter- 
est in his countv, because there are 
none more willing to contribute to 
worthy causes and upbuild the com- 
munity than Mr. Vest. ' 

EDGAR de wirr JONES 

Back in 1902 fate sent a strip 
pling minister to Boone Co. fresh 
ly equipped witn an education tor 
lus | rotcssion ami natural talents 
for his calling that lew othci ■ 
ever possesses. llhelhei Kilg-n 
HcWii, Jo,e> knew of [hear talents 
i- uncertain, but pursuing the jihil- 
osopn) "t the paiatde in 1...1I BojJk 
'f Books he hud learned so «>.., he 

Utilized those talents so tcll.flgl) 
1 1 ,>m the time that lie began 
preaching at Old Pt I' lea-ant ill 
Boone County that he -non attain- 
ed a prominent place "i., the ,-un" 

oi the world of America'* Clerg\ 


Though Edgar Ik«Witt Jones wa.- 
born in Texas he lay.-, claim 
to Kentucky citizenship that 
came from his heart. Should any 
other county than Boone claim him 
as a native son a controversy would 
arse that would be heard the world 
around. With a style that was so 
eloquent, so captivating, yet at the 
same time so plain, he immediately 
i.ifi mated his every hearer. In 
Boone county he preached at PL 
Pleasant, Petersburg, Bulliltsville. 
in fact there are few Christian 
pulpits in Boone that he has not 
filled at some time or other since 
he began his career here nearly 
thirty years ago. " 

While Dr. Jones no doubt loves 
Boon county to? hei peopl« and 

the fact that she cradled his min- 
isterial career, yet a certain >oung 
lady, the then Mi." Frances C, 
Wilhs, now Mrs. Edgar DeWm 
Jones, no doubt (laved a principal 
rolt« in moul.ting his af f ec tion s for 
this part of the county. 

Dr. and Mrs. Jones have fixe 
children, two girls and three l»>>s 
They include Edgar DeWitt. Jr., 
Dorothy Louise, Frances Virginia, 
mow Mrs John K. Walker) Willis 
R. and Westbrook W. Dr Jones 
as said before was bom in Texas, 
first seeing the wonders of Ihis uni- 
verse at Hearne, on December 5th, 
1M76. He was the son of DeWitt 
Clinton and Virginia R. Jore*. both 
of whom passed away when he was 
hut a boy. 

Dr. Jones at present is Lhe pas- 
tor of the Central Christian Church 
at Detroit. It is one of the largest 
churches in that vast city ami the 
building of which serves as a 
crowning achievement of Dr. Jones. 
He was instrumental in its con- 
struction and it may recall to his 
mind the days and weeks in 1902 
that he spent in securing funds for 
the erection of the Erlanger Chris- 
tian church just over the Boone 
County boundary. Reverting to 
his early career in 1903 he was 
called to the Era Klin Circle Church 
in Cleveland. O.. where he stayed 
until 1906. During the next four- 
teen years he was pastor of the 
First Christian Church at Bloom- 
Inglon, Illinois. Feeling that his 
work had been accolmpljehed in 
(hit place he moved to Detroit in 
1920 to accept his present pastor- 

Besides his manv duties as pas- 
tor of so large a church he found 
lime to write a book called "Fair- 
hope, the Annals of a Country 
Church" which wns published, in 
1917 bv the McMillan Company of 
New York. Th«- scene* of this 
book are laid in Boone County, al- 
though the characters are compos- 
ite and drawn from many sources. 
Dr. Jones Is a 33rd Degree Ma- 
son and a member of the Kanpa 
Hpna Fratemit' . He is a lover 
of birds and among his hobbies are 
mountain climbing and collection of 
rare books. 

Always a Booster for Boone Co. 

tH> W. D. Atwood) 
As one of the most prominent, 
a.en in the county and the operator 
of one of the largest ami lineal 
larms in this section, BonJ..' n. 
Berkshire has an extensive ac- 
quaintanceship and, because of his 
. sterling character and sincerity of 
purpose, he numbers his true 
inen ,s by the hundreds, lhe beau- 
tiful home, where he has lived lur 
the past twenty-seven years, rests 
majestically atop a high bluft along 
the Ohio river at Petersburg, af- 
fording a wondrous view oi hi. 
own fertile acres, as well as many 
miles of the Indiana shore line and 
undulating hills. He is the pos- 
stssor of over 500 acres, 22<6 of 
which is river bottom land that 
txtensively yields all kinds of farm 
produce. The uplands are dotted 
with cattle and sheep and the rais- 
ing of hogs is an important item 
in the success of this modern farm- 

Ben Berkshire was l*>rn at Pe- 
tersburg on July 24, 1867, where 
most of his boyhood days were 
ha. pily spent. lie attended the 
, ublic schools Tiear Petersburg a 
few winter terms. Six years of 
his life were spent away from 
Bonne county when his parents 
mux id to Davis counly, where they 
retrained four jears and in Gal 
latin county fur two yeai.-- A* 
the son of a firmer he took up that 
work as his lifelong occupation and 
he has succeeded to a greater ex- 
tent than even he perhaps dreamed 
would be possible. He is a sell 
maiie ma", and nearly sclf-cducat- 
■•d. because his vast store of ac- 
curate knowledge of many things 
could never have been gained in a 
country school room. 

On July 19, 1M92 Mr Berkshire 
was united in marriage with Ethel 
Norris of Petersburg who ts also 
a decendent of an old Kentucky 
family. They have four children, 
Robert Kwing, born Sept, 26, 1K9J, 
who has three children and whose 
biography appears elsewhere; Mel- 
icent Ann, botn July 10, 1X95, she 
is the wife of S. B. Palmer and has 
two children, Robert B. and Johin 
David; John Norris born January 
29, 1900 assists his father in his 
farming operations; Cordelia Mary, 
1 mm Ma rch 2 W , 1 V 0* , is t he wif e - 
of H. D. Woodruff. John Norris 
enlisted in the Marines at the age 
of eighteen^ and was honorably dis- 

• barged after six months service. 

• .uring which time he qualified as a 
sharp shooter and was awarded a 
medal for this accomplishment. 

The family history of Benjamin 
Berkshire in this county goes bark 
nearly to the birth of this state. 
His paternal grandfather was also 
named Benjamin and was born here 
having come as a child with his 
father from Virginia. He died 
in 1K44. Hi* wife was Lucy Ho- 
gan. who preceeded him in death 
by four years. The father of 
Benjamin H. Berkshire was John 
William Berkshire who was born 
in Petersburg on May 2, 1837. He 
saw much service during the Civil 
War as a favorite soldier in the 
Orphans Brigade under General 
Morgan, one of the greatest of the 
Confederate high officers. Before 

Lamar Hamilton 

Bl KL1NGTON, KY. R. 1. 

Lamar Hamilton Congleton, tho 
not a nativo of Boone County, waa 
born and bred in Kentucky, hav- 
ing been born in Estill County on 
October 4, lH'.iH. He is the son of 
Isaac A. and Cora D. Congleton, 
who reside near Georgetown, Ky. 

Mr. Congleton was united in mar- 
riage with Irene Kirkpatrick of 
Bui lington December 2:1. 1925. lhey 
have one daughter, Gladys Jean 
Congleton, age 2 yeAVs. Mr. Cong- 
leton is an ex-soldier, having en- 
listed in the V. S. Arm> in 1920 
and served in the Panama Csnal 
Zone. He came to Boone County 
in February 1925 from Scott coun- 
ty, Ky., where he has rapidly as- 
sumed a leading position as a ris- 
ing young farmer in this commun- 


the war he operated a drug store 
at Petersburg although uio*i of 
his active life was spent at his 
chosen occupation of farming. John 
William was maimed shortly after 
the war to Mclicent McNeely, the 
event taking place on October :10. 
IM6, She was also a native of 
Petersburg and was born there on 
January K, 1H4I. John William 

died March 2, 1K93, snd hi* wife 
August 19, 191X. Melicent Mc- 
Neelv was the daughter of John 
and Robecca Alloway McNeely, tha 
former a native of Pennsylvania, 
wKo died here in 1K93 at the age 
of 8K. His wife was a life lung 
resident of Boone county. She 
died in 1X94 just a year after her 
hu.s hind's death. 

Ethel Norris, the wife of Ben- 
jamin M. Berkshire, was born ()c- 
tober IK, IHii'J the daughter ot John 
D. and Margaret House Norris. 
Her paternal grandfather John 
Norris was of Maryland stxv k and 
came here for the Indian wurs af- 
ter serving his country durng the 
stirring days of 1812. He was a 
naval officer under Com. Piaxy at 
the battle of Lake Erie an 4 was 
awarded a medal for his prowess 
in those engagements. Hi* name 
is also engraved among the h-roe* 
of Ijike Erie on the monui-wnt 


Dr. Jones predicts that "twenty- 
five years from now there will be 
hundreds of city dwellers who will 
have their homes in the county, 
with plenty of fresh air, an abun- 
dance of small fruit, surrounded 
by a few acres, intensively culti- 
vated, close enough to the city for 
all practical purposes yet able to 
live amid the high hills on the Ken- 
tucky side With perfect highways 
and a heap of happiness thrown in 
for good measure." 

Dr. Jones and his family have 
mide annual visit* to this county 
where his many friends, relatives 
and acquaintances are always hap- 
py to see them. 

there, commemorating that event. 
He is buried at Petersburg where 
he died on January 5, 1879 at the 
Sge of eighty-eight. John Norris 
married Elizabeth Dowden, who 
died at Petersburg jn 1833. Their 
son John D. was the father of Mrs. 
Berkshire and he was born October 
6, 1H3« at Petersburg, where he 
spent the greater portion of his 
life. He died at Osgood, Indiana, 
on October 17. 1899. On July 21, 
1859 he married Margaret House 
whose ancestry - is traced to among 
the earliest settlers of this section. 
Margaret House was born October 
6, 1R39, in Missouri, but resided In 
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Rich wood Church 

On th« first Sab-bath in May, 
1834 Church, within the 
bounds of Ebenezer Presbytery was 
organized by the Rev. J. C. Har- 
rison by virtue of an order there- 
fore by sajd- Presbytery on a peti- 
tion of tin- following thirteen in- 

Mr. Elisha Hudson and Mrs. 
Patsy Hudson. 

Mrs. 5tar> Hughes. 
Dr. E. Smith Clarkson and Mrs. 
Caroline V. Clarkson. 

Mr. Wm. 11. Menzies and Mrs. 
Eliza M. Menzies. 
Mr. Eph M. Carter. 
Mrs. Phebe Ballard. 
Miss Armstrong. 
Mrs. S. Harrison. 
Sarah Frances Johnson. 
On that same day the church 
proceded to elect Eph M. Carter 
and Wm. H. Menzies as elders. 
This was signed by Wm. H. Men- 
ties who was session clerk. Thus 
read the first page in the record 
books of the Richwood Presbyterian 
Church, written ninety -six yean 

Like the United States, this 
church was organized with thir- 
teen original members. The fim 
church was organized in a school 
house and Mr. Harrison engaged 
for half his time as Stated Supply 
on a salary raised by popular aub- 
scription. At the same time he 
was a Missionary employed by the 
General Assembly Board. 

In January, 1835 a protracted 
meeting was carried on from 
house to house. When we think 
of what those county roads must 
have been at that season of the 
year we can appreciate the inter- 
est that must have been in evi- 
-dence to carry on a meeting which 
lasted one week. 

The first Richwood Church'was 
started by Rev. Samuel Lynn about 
1842. though no accurate record 
shows exactly when the church was 
completed. Rev. Lynn served that 
church from 1837 to 1847 and so- 
licited the funds for the erection 
of this church by a preaching tour. 
From 18ftfi to 1H6ST the church 
was aerved by Rev. W. G. White 

L. H. Voshell and 
Wm. Shinkle 

U H. VOSHELL (Left) 
WM. SHINKLE (Right) 

This i« a picture ef the two 
youngest old boys in Boone County 
(not twins, however) both were 
born on the same day, August 13, 
1843 and they met for the first 
time eighty-five years later at 
which time this photograph was 
taken. On tljf left is L. H. Voshell 
and on the right is William Shinkle. 
both of whom reside at Union, Ky 
Mr. Voshell is a veteran scholar 
and tearber and Mr. Shinkle a Civil 
War veteran. Both of these gen- 
tlemen are at this time enjoying 
very' good health though approach- 
ing their eighty-seventh year. 

by this Presbytery. 

The Aliases Emily and Mary 
Foreman, missionaries to India, are 
descendants of this man. Rev. 
W. G. White, the founder of White 
Haven, was the father of Rev. Wm 
White, missionary to China. Pr. 
E. W. Bedinger had three children 

John Samuel Clore 


John Samuel ("lore holds the very 
responsible position of assistant 
cashier at the Citizens Deposit 
Bank a*. Belleview, and takes his 
rightful place as one of the lead- 
ing business men of his community. 
He was born in this game town on 
July 1.1, 1900, the son of Robert 
H. and Belle B. Huey Clore. 

On July 3, 11*22 he was united 
in marriage with Laura Lucille 
Rogers, this couple having two 
children--Leland Rogers, born May 
lit, 1926 and David Dean, born on 
February 11, 1928. Mrs. Clore 
was born on July 18, 1901, the 
daughter of William B. and Ella 
G. Scott Rogers. 

Like his grandfather, John Sam- 
uel Huey who served with Mor- 
gan's Rough Riders, John Clore 
also felt the lure of adventure with 
the armies. He enlisted in the 
United States Army August 1. 1917 
at tho age of seventeen. He was 
discharged July 24, 1919 at Camp 
Zarhary Taylor, Xouisville, Ky.; 
stationed at the following camps: 

Edward Maurer 


Cecil Leslie Gaines 


Kicnwooi) CHURCH 

who also organized a school called 
White Haven where many young 
people for rinl<-- around were edu- 
cated The buildings are still 
standing and are owned by Mr. 
Lynn F raster of I'nion. 

la IsTu Jiuv. E. \\. Bedinger 
was called to the pasturage of 
Richwood and Florence churches. 
He ulxo hail pretii hing points at 
Uhion and Walton. During a pro- 
tracted meeting while he was pas- 
tor over twenty persons were 'add- 
ed to the church. 

It does not appear in any of the 
record" that Richwood has always 
been more or less a missionary 
church, but in looking backward 
from this point of view we find it 
was organized by a missionary un- 
der the General Assembly Board 
and that in 1*1.1, nine years after 
its inception it was ordered that 
a missionary sermon be preached 
and that Rev. Charles F'oreman 
preach such a sermon, and a col- 
lection was taken for his support 
as a missionary to be supported 

gi us foreign missionaries — Rev. 
W. L. Bedinger, missionary to Bra- 
zil: Miss Sarah Everett Bedinger. 
missionary to' Mexico; and Anna 
Bedinger, missionary to Korea. 
Grandson Robert Dabney Bedinger 

was a missionary U» Africa Alsu 

a neice to Mexico. 

Rev. Solon T. Hill, called March 
1914. pastor for seven years. Dur- 
ing his pastorate the first fur- 
nace was installed, also the first 
modern lighting system. Through 
him was reorganized the Woman's 
Missionary work into Mrs. Wins- 
borough's circle plan, — "Woman's 
Auxiliary" of the church. 

Rev. W. T. Spears took up the 
work as stated supply from Jan- 
uary, 1922 to November, 1926. 
Students from I,ane Seminary and 
other pastors filled the pulpit un- 
til June 17, 1928, when was called 
the present pastor. Rev. C. C. Car- 
son. Rev. and Mrs. Carson and 
two daughters are still with the 
"old kirk by the wayside." 

Boone county, from the age of six 
years. She died August 18, 1922, 
Her mother was Susan Snyder and 
her father a decendent of Gaar fam- 
ily from which came many of the 
most illustrious names up to and 
includinc the present generation. 

Benjamin H. Berkshire is a bn>ad 
minded man who, realizing the 
frailty of human beings, is ever 
ready to go more than half way 
in the forgiveness of others and re- 
tains the southern gentleman's pre- 
rogative of conducting his own life 
according to the dictates of his own 
conscience. Like his parents he is 
a member nf the Christian Church 
and has done much for that de- 
nomination. He is a member of 
the Masonic I«odge and of the 
Knights of Pythias. He is inter- 
ested in all forms of sport with a 

leaning toward baseball and, like 
most throughgoing Kentuckians, 
relisfhes the opportunity of seeing 
the thoroughbreds round the turn 
anil come down the home stretch. 
Next to his family Mr. Berkshire 
is interested in the growth and de- 
velopment of his county. He has 
never sought elective office, though 
he served as a deputy collector of 
internal revenue at Petersburg un- 
der the Wilson administration for 
a period of eighteen months. 

This writer has enjoyed the priv- 
ilege of meeting both Mr. and Mrs. 
Berkshire several times and, on 
hot days for many years to come 
will envy them the delightful brpez- 
es and wonderful view to be found 
at their beautiful home high above 
the banks of the winding Ohio. 


Ft. Thomas, Ky. August 1st to 
September 1, 1917; at Gettysburg. 
Pa., from September 1st to Novem- 
ber 17th; November 20th to Jan 
uary 1. 1918 Camp Greene, N. Car- 
olina; from January 1. 191K to Feb 
ruary 2:lrd to Camp MenTtt. New 
Jersey. John had four other bro- 
thers in the service also. KlrK>rt and 
Willanl in the army. lie*- and 
F'rankim in the navy. 

Hi- tailed from Hoboken, N. J . 
on the Krcr ch liner Maui at 1 a. m. 
February 2!. 1918 ami after thir- 
•teen day- at sea Innili I ft! St, N* 
Zaire, Fiance. 

Mr. Ciore »a- gasped while .v. 
the front, but i id n<it leave his 
Companv until after they had been 
sent back to rest camp. He. with 
a number of others, wats sent to the 
ho«pital at I-iOngfJ^nn. France for 
treatment, but - m> a few days 
thought he was alright and went 
back to his Company and from 
there to Fifth Division Hdq*. a* a 
mo unte d dispatch- mes-w ngei . 

They moved into Kfiv™ Luxem- 
bourg, and hero had their hei<i- 
quarters until they moved to 
Treves! Germany. Here Mr. Elore 
took double pneumonia with the 
"flu" and again found himself in a 
hospital, this time in Luxembourg 

City, the eapitol of the Duchc de 
Luxembourg, The Grand Duchess 
of Luxe mbourg turned «ver her 
magnificent i-alace to the Ameri- 
cans for n }in«pital. He entered 
this hospital February 20th and 
on March 13th was operated on aft- 
er several attempts had been made 
to dnw the pu«s nff his lungs. He 
was transferred from time to time 
from one hospital to another until 
at last they sent him to Brest. 
France, and in a few days was put 
aboard the liner Agamendon and 
in nine days was in New York. He 
was over seas -a little over fifteen 

After being in several New York 
hospitals he was sent to Railway. 
N. .1. and then U> Ca-mp Taylor. 
Louisville, Ky. MF Clore was with 
the same outf't all the time. Com- 
pany K. 3rd Battalion. KOth Reg- 
iment an I 1th or Red Diamond Di- 
vision. He had the privilege of 
lieing with Sgt. Samuel W. W'oodfill 
during his two years in the service. 

Mr. Clore is affiliated w ith the 
I. O. O. F. Lodge, -ind a prominent 
member of the American T^gion 
of Boone County. He obtains his 
greatest pleasure from bask-hall. 
Mr. Clore is interested in tho devel- 
opment of his community and coun- 
ty and is ever ready to cooperate 
toward this upbuilding. 


Aithough Edward Maurer left 
his home at Belleview in 1898, be- 
ginning his apprenticeship as an 
Ohio River pilot and has been away 
during all of these thirty-one years, 
he still- retains a great love for old 
Boone and the memories of his hap- 
piest days spent here as a boy. He 
retained his legal residence in 
Boone County until 1915 and voted 
here each election until that time. 
He has risen far in his chosen pro- 
fession, now holding the position 
of United States Local Inspector of 
Hulls and«8team Vessels at Louis- 
ville, with his office in the Customs 
Building at thai city. He resides m 
2810 W. Kentucky. 

He was twenty-two years of age 
when he started out to learn the 
winding channels of the Ohio and 
Mississippi rivers, and in the ca- 
pactiy of beginner he served on va- 
rious steamers plying between Cin- 
cinnati and New Orleans. Though 
river traffic at this time was not 
at its previous height much cargo 
was carried that since has been 
conveyed by trucks traveling over 
' ? 

The gathering place for yount 
and "la in Florence is the confec- 
tioner., store owned and operated 
by Cecil Leslie Gaines and wife. 
'1 heir ability to make friends has 
been a decided asset toward the 
success of this business venture. 
They carry in stock, candies of aL 
kinds, cigars, cigarettes, soft drinks 
stationery, drug sundries, and have 
lately installed a department for 
periodicals, handling magazines o! 
all kinds. 

Cecil Leslie Gaines was born at 
Petersburg, Ky., on August 21, 188C- 
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney 
Gaines, who is the former judge o: 
the Circuit Court of Boone County. 
The biography of Judge Gaines pa- 
pears elsewhere in this issue 

In his younger days Mr. Gaines 
was interested in farming, later ac- 
cepting a position as cashier of" the 
Krlanger Deposit Bank, where ht 
stayed two and one half years wher. 
he was offered a better postion a* 
cashier of the Citizens Bank. 

After nearly three years at this 
latter occupation ill health cause*: 
him to move back to his farm near 
Limabtff-g, where he stayed about 
ten yearsr On September 18, 192e 
he purchased the confectionery an<. 
lunch room at Florence which he 
now operates. 

On August 28, 1907 Mr. Gainet 
was united in marriage with Vir- 
ginia Snyder of Burlington, daugh- 
ter of %. and Mrs. D. M. Snyder 
Her father was Qpunty Superin- 
tendent of Schools of Boone County 
for several years. Mr. and Mrs. 
Gaines have two children — Mildred 
and Helen, aged twenty and fifteen, 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Gaines are 
active in Baptist Church work at 
Florence and were sincere worker? 
for the new building recently erect- 
ed. Mr. Gaines holds a prominent 
place in the business, social and 
civic life of his county due to his 
willingness to contribute and aid ir. 
any worthy, project for the better- 
ment and upbuilding of his towr. 
and county. 


the Improved roads. Pussenger 
traffic on steamers of those days 
was greatly in excess of the present 
time as the passenger lists now 
number only those going fur pleas- 
ure and relaxation. 

Captain Maurer received his li- 
cense as first-class pilot on Sep:. 
.1. 191)0 and Masters license in 1902 
His first berth as pilot was on the 
steamer Henry M. Stanley. For 
seventeen years he served as Mas- 
ter or pilot mostly in the Ix>uis- 
ville and Cincinnati trade on the 
steamers, City of Cincinnati and 
City of I.nuisvlle. According to 
bis own statement. Capt. Maurer's 
steamboat career was uneventful. 
This may seem so to him in the 
light of his vast experience, but to 
this writer the fact of safely trans- 
porting hundreds of lives and thou- 
sands of dollars in cargo day in and 
day out is certainly something to 
he proud of. Mr. Maurer covered 
approximately 1,000,000 miles in 
the navigation of steamers and 
never experienced any serious acci- 

There were four brothers in the 
Maurer family, each one being li- 
censed Musters and pilots and Ed- 
ward had the pleasure of having his 
brother. William Maurer, who died 
in the year 1908, as his partner 
pilot for four years on the steamer 
City of Cincinnati. That partner- 
ship and fche thoughts of passing in 
the night-time his «ld home located 
on the river bank at Belleview. 
where there was always a litrht 
shining- from the window or door 
in the hand of mother or sister as 
«•) answer to the whistle signal, 
always will be fond memories and 
will offset the many dark and 
stormy nights faced in such a voca- 


Capt. Maurer was the last regu- 
lar pilot on the late steamer City of 
Louisville, which was lost in tht 
ice January, 1918. This steamer 
holds the record of making the fast- 
est run from Cincinnati to Louis- 
ville and return which was, dowr.- 
s.tream five hours and fifty-eight 
minutes and up-strenm nine hotfr« 
and forty-two minutes. jlv 

Edward Maurer was £6Tn^V 
Grant TBelleviev) on July 24? 18V 
the son jjf Joseph and Rebecca Cook 
Maurer. Both of these parents art 
now deceased, but all of their mar- 
ried life was spent at Bellevi«fr,V 
In December. 19T"> Mr. Maurer w»< 
unite I in marriage with Martha 
Board, who was born and rearec' 
at Brandenburg, Ky. Her parent- 
were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. 
Board. This couple have two chil- 
dren, Joseph E. and Frances B 
Maurer, ages eleven and nine re- 
spectively. After his marriage 
Mr. Maurer began considering giv. 
ing up steamboating in order that 
he might enjoy the pleasures of 
home life. He took the competitive 
examination for the position of Lo- 
cal Inspector of Steam Vessels, am. 
under date of December 4, 1917 
was appointed local inspector a: 
Pittsburg and was transferred t( 
the same position at Louisville or 
September 7, 1922. which positior. 
he now holds. 

Mr. Maurer is a thirty-second de- 
gree Mason, I. O. 0. F. and Re- 
bekah. He belongs to the Hie'. 
Twelve snd Propollor clubs, the 
Kederil Business Association. th< 
National Federation of F"ederal Em- 
ployees. He is also a member of 
the Boird of Managers of the Lou- 
isville Baptist Orphan* Home. M- 
Maurer is interested mrstly in h ■ 
home and family. 

« V 


Harmon Hayes Jones 


Wilford Monroe Rice 


No more delightful family can be 
found in northern Kentucky than 

Wilford M larpe Rice is the 

youngest bank president in the 
state of Kemuoky wlio-a±_abi[ity 
far exceeds ones expectations it- 
only the youth of this man is con- 
sidered. He is now at the head 
of the Walton Equitable Bank. His 
experience ha.s In'en varied in this 
line and his training includes both 
city and small town institution*. 
His early years of banking were 
spent hi on* of the bin; financial 
houses of l incinnati and he was 
ready to accept the position of 
cashier of the m wly forme i Hebron 
Deposit Bank when i-illed though 
< n!y twenty years of age at that 

Mr. Rico, was born at Newport, 
Ky.. September IS, 1900 and is a 
member of one of the old and prom- 
inent families of that state. The 
RiceS have been Kentuckians for 
more than ■ century ind through 
four generations. His great great 
grandfather was *a native of Eng- 
land and on eoming-to Amcri-a 1 •- 
cntrd at Kalanuzoo Spring- near 


that of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon 
Hayes Jones at Beaver Lick. Every 
member of the family is intensely 
interested in one or more farm 
projects Jjiat will ultimately prove 
of vast profit to both themselves , 
and the community. 

Mr. Jones was horn at Bullitt-.- 
ville Sept. 7. 1XX9, the son of Thom- 
as and Jennie A era Jones. Thomas 
was born on June K, 1H50 and died 
May 25. 1920. His wife was born 
on December 12, 1S54 and passed 


away on December 9, 192t>. 

On December 22, 1919 Mr. Jones 
was united in marriage wi'.h Jennie 
Pearl Aylor, who was born on Oct. 
18. 1890, the daughter of John H. 
and Gertrude Yeager Aylor. John 
Aylor was born December 22, 184-1 
ard dit d on February :), 1922. His 
wife, Gertrude, was born October 
1, 1858 and is still an active mem- 
ber of the ha, py h<>u-*eh>ml ot M.. 
and Mrs". Harmon Junes. 

Mr. Jones' father and gran fath 
er. who was Alee Jones, wire both 
life time residents of Boone County 
and raspected and honored citizens. 
The family originally came to this 
section from Virginia shortly after 
the Revolutionary War. All these 
men were operators of extensive 
farm lands. . 

The late John H. Ayjor, father of 
Mrs. Jonts, was the proprietor of 
Spnngwater Stock Farm on Gun- 
powder Creek. Mr. Aylor was one 
of the b(«t known men in this sec- 
tion of Kentucky and wa.s the first 
man in Boone County to organize 
the Thorobred Registered Hog As- 
sociation. He was a Urge breed- 
er of hogs and all kinds of register- 
ed sheep, as well as a breeder of 
Shetland ponies and high priced 
three and five gaited saddle horses. 
Mr. Aylor will be remembered by 
many people throughout the whole 
county as a judge of live stock at 
state fairs in various places. The 
Aylors were also natives of Virgin- 
ia, coming here early in the nine- 
teerth century. 

After their marriage Mr. and 
Mrs. Jones operated a farm new 
Union, going from there to Con- 
stance, moving hack then about 
19! R to Gunpowder, where they re- 
mained ten years. 

At the present time Mr. and Mrs. 
Jones reside on a beautiful farm of 
two hundred three of the most fer- 
tile acres in Boone County. It is 
the old Delahuntv homestead. Mr. 
Jones without question is one of the 


Krlangcr in Boone County where h" 
developed a farm ard lived i »*t 
U h.s life. His so i Jainc- wa« 
born then on July 16, 1812 and 
also spent his life as a farmer. 
He died in Bo >ne County in ls7i>. 
I ecember 111, L829 he manied Ju- 
i iith t'arien'e:. who was born in 
Boone County Fob. IS, 1811 and 
died-in lHtix. Their children were 
John Milton, Lucy A: n, Elizabeth 

Kebecca and Theopolus. 

Teopolus Rice, the grandfather 
of the young Walton Banker, was 
born in Boone county and spent 
nearly his whole life as a live stock 
trader and butcher at Wilton and 
died while on a visit to Louisville 
tn 1896. He was married to Eliz- 
abeth Records, atlso a native of 
Boone who died at Walton. Win. 
Felix Rice, their son, was born 
at Walton in 1874, was reared <n I 
i ducated there and for a number of 
years has lived at 1-atoma and 
Covington. He is a conductor for 
the L. & N. railroad. He is a 
Demomit in politics, is a member 
of the Walton Baptist Church and 
i-> affiliated with the I. O. 0. F. 
and the J. O. l\ R, M. lodges. He 
manied Pearl Snethen at Newport. 
She was born at Knoxville in 1880 
and died in Estonia in 1901. 

Wilford Rice, only child of hi" 
mother, was reared at Wilton fin- 
ishing his high school term as a 
sophomore. He took a course in 
Commercial Ijiw and bookkeeping 
at Miller's Business College in Cin- 
cin r a!i a-d in Heceiber 1917 be- 
gan his active career. For seven 
months he was postmaster it Wal- 
'on and then tecame a bookkee|n-r 
in the Fifth-Third National Hank 
>f Cincinnati and had been a livanc- 

< d to the auditing depart me:- 1 when 
he resigned U> icctpt the position 
at Hebron as cashier of that bank. 
Mr. Rice was only seventeen when 
America entered the World War 
but he proved the value of his pa- 
triotic services by doing splendid 
work as a salesman in the War 
Sivings Stamp drive, One day he 
sold $90,000 worth of these issues 
and a other ,lay $70,1)00 worth. 

On A ril 24. 1939 Mr. Rice was 
united in marriage with Grace 
Gladys Dudge >n. daughter of W. 
T. and Mattie McCor mick, Dudgeon. 
Her father wa* postm«-ster at Wil- 
ton at the tinie of her marr.age 
and she, like her husband, is a de- 
cen .< nt of j>ld pioneer stock. 

To accurately describe the h n 
or* given to Wilford Rice, both in 

< m"i-nati, a-<d in his home county 
would take more spice than this 
bistory would |»ermit. He has held 

' ' i i- and been the leader in many 
eiKerpriscs at civic and religion- 
nature b widtl tOOM given to him 
in his profession by reason of his 
personality and ability a-d at pre« 
cnt is editor of the Ra-king Kul. 

Alpha Rogers 


In focusing the spotlight of pub- 
lic opinion on the life of Al Rogers 
of Grant, Ky., we find revealed a 
man respected, honored, and look- 
ed up to by his hundreds of friends 
and countless acquaint inceships. Al 
Rogers was born near Belle view on 
November 21, 1872, the son of 
James and Laura Walton Rogers. 
His family on both sides is of old 
Kentucky stock that came to this 
state from Virginia shortly after 
the close of the Revolutionary W» r 
His great grandfather was the first 
of his family in Boone County ami 
made his home on what has later 
been called the old Goodrich place, 
not far from Bellcview on the old 
Burlington Pike. 

Mr. Rogers attended the local 
grade schools at hi* home town, 
w»nt to high school at Rising Sun. 
Ind.. and studied at the famous 
Morgan Academy at Burlington un- 
der tb» teachings of Henry Newton. 
Immediately following his school 
ilajs he commenced his farming 

Edwin M. Johnson 


v:ii is m I hi r in ;ne na-ning mil. 
letin of the Aierican Institute of 
H nkintr. F< w men go as far in 
their chosen vo -at 'on in a whole 
lifctinJe as M: Bias has accom- 
plished before, reaching the age of 
'hir/;v. " Those who know him 
Pi edict manv i ore honors to coon 
and firmly believe that his talents 
will be prove- by yet larger un- 
ertakingi and a compliahmints. 


opera 1 ions, which he Jias continued 
up to the present lime, (hough, in 
1903 he purchased a gcncr.t! itOTe 
at Belleview which hv-^w»nd ictt-d 
thirteen years, selling "Out to li i>- 
ert Hensley, the presint proprietor 
The beautiful farm of !!'• Mies 


most progressive farmers in this 
whole section and the cooperation 
he give.-: to his children could well 
be used as a lesson/to aav farmer 
in the I'nited S WW Who apparent- 
ly has some difficulty in keeping 
the children contented and interest- 
ed in farm projects. He is a great 
lover of registered Holstein cattle 
and has a wonderful herd of these 
diiry cows numbering over twenty 
head. General farming operations 
are carried on and he always raises 
much com an I alfalfa. As with 
o'.hers in this section, of course, 
trbacro is also a good paying crop 
most of the time. 

Mrs. Jones grew up amid sur- 
roundings of the typical Kentucky 
stock and horse raising gentleman 
farmer. In her girlhood days she 
was taughfpe'rfection irrTooking 
and housekeeping, as well as learn- 
ing to ride from her earliest yews. 
She Was never defeated at any Fair 
in a contest for the quickest har- 
assing and hitching un of a horse. 
She also won manv prizes in Ken- 
tucky Indiana and Ohio as a cham- 
pion lady rider, and won first prize 
at the Carthage (O.) Fair. No ladv 
in the county can surpass her rec- 
ord for prize winning on cakes, 
rolls, bread, jellies, preserves, pick- 


les and canned fruits. She also 
was a blue ribbon winner for being 
the best lady driveu. She is one 
of the greatest buff rock chicken 
breeders in the country today. 

Mr. and Mrs. Jones have four 
children— Ira Huey, born June 2, 
1911; Virginia Dearl, born Febru- 
ary 2, 1913; Joseph II., born No- 
vember HO, 1»15; Earl C., born on 
December 25, 1920. The eldest 
son, Ira has won many prizes on 
his registered Holstein heifer at the 
Boone County and Kentucky State 
Fairs. This heifer has been on 
U'st for two years and has made 
wonderful records, surpassing ev- 
erything in this section ard this 
year her owner, Ira, gets a frre trip 
to the St. Louis Dairy Show in 

Joseph H., the next oldest son, 
is also a 4-H club boy who has 
the name of being a pig raiser that 
is hard to beat. He has never 
been defeated at the shows on his 
Hampshire and Chester White hogs, 
and he also won a golden medal in 
algebra among freshmen over all at 
the Boone County Tournament. He 
is a real school boy and is interest- 
ed as much in that work as he is 
in his farm projects. 

No girl hat, more friends in 
Boone County, nor has attained a 
higher place in the hearts of the 
youngsters, than the only daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Virginia 
Pearl. She was captain of her 
basketball team at the Walton High 
School and was the star player on 
the team. , She has been a member 
of the 4-H Club for the past seven 
years and is the only club girl that 
advert ises certified chicks that she 
ships to all parts of the world, 
having the finest golden buff !'!>- 
mouth Hocks for size, type anil eol 
or. Her excellence in school work, 
athletics and the breeding of poul- 
try has given her a wide acquaint- 
ance and made her hundreds of 

Mr. Harmon Jones though unas- 
suming in character and asking 
little from others, has rapidly tak-. 
en his place as one of the most in- 
fluential men in Boon- Cotmtv, 
With the exception of his family 
and farm the interest of his com- 
munity and this section is foremost 
in- his mind and he is always ready 
and willing to cooperate for any- 
thing toward the upbuilding of 
Boone County. 

The apOt on which the Christian 
Church of Walton now stands wis 


the" location of a log cabin housing 
the greatgrandfather of Edwin M. 
Johnson, who as a Revolutionary 
-oiiller It-f t Ft. W tihli gioh and 
settled Bt Walton aboil! he year 
1790. If not the first, it . wi» 
unc of the first Ionise- built in 
that town. The giandfattn i ol 
Mr. Johnson was Inerti in t fi i- crude 
cabin in the yea* of 1799. He 
ptV up in that ■action* manual 
and lived his entire life time in 
Boor* County, Rev. I -at ay die 
Johnson, the father uf Edwin, was 
'•orn in HUH) on a farm about one 
mile from town, 

Edwin M. Job' -on, (he tubject of 
ibis sketch, was bora on his [a 
ther's farm July 5, MM A- stat- 
ed abort, his father wa- 1 ii'ayeile 
John»on and his on.ihii »a> I- lan- 
ces Mullns Johnson, both ol whom 
are dead Mr Johnson *st_- mur- 
i ie<1 to Mary E IVtuva! I hey 

nave three children. .le-«.e, — s H rah. 

and Matilda Mr John-oil is a 

i ompcten' farmer. »• I at the pres- 
ent time is <M>rvni|f «s a coiiserva 

lion officer Hi* wa- honored by 
the good people of this s. n 

when he was electe d a meinlwr of 

the Masonic l.o.lfc'e ,itl I hi- hobby Is 

be co salvation of wild life. 

now nprratett, by tin- s,,n of Mr. 
Rngert was purchased from Mr. 
Hensley'i father about fourteen 
years ago. 

(In Decembei [2, |s u :l Mr. Rog- 
ers was united in marriage with 
Viola Huey, daughtei of John and 
l.a.ioia Garnett Hue)', wlm resided 
on a farm near Belleview 

Mr. and Mrs. Roger* have one 
child, James Edward, who married Whiteiiack. of Hiiirod'burg, 
this even: taking place on June 10, 
1920, Edward Rogers has two 

children, both boy,.-- Edward, Jr., 
aged eight, and Alpha Lee. aged 
■even. Edward attended the Belle- 
view high school Irom which he 
graduated in 191!, and ipeot three 
veiii« at Centre I idlege in Han 
ville, where his advanced education 
was interrupted bjf the World War. 
He entered the ser.i.c of his coun- 
try, being honorably discharged af- 
ter the signing of the armisttre 
He is a member of the S. A. E 
ternity and gels his greatest 
pleasure from all kinds of sports, 
preferring baseball. He was a 
p i tc h er on the Centre College Base- 
ball team. 

Mr. and Mrs. Alpha Rogers have 
made their home in their beautiful 
residence at Belleview for a num- 
ber of years, and the son has op- 
erated one of his father's three 
farms for about ten years. They are 
very successful in the raising of 
hogs, corn, cattle and general farm 

Mr. Al Rogers can be said tn 
have no hobby, unless it be polities, 
which greatly interests hi'ii. He 
has been solicited to run for v>a- 
Cioiil offices, but he has never 
sought or wanted that preference 
He and his whole family are mem- 
bers of the Baptist church and are 
hard workers and contributors to 
their church at Belleview. 

Mr. Rogers is and ha« been a di- 
rector of the Peoples Deposit Bank 
since 1912. A spirit of coopera- 
tion and unselfishness is manifest 
In the daily life of Al Rogers, and 
no one in Boone County has been 
ouicker to respond than he for any- 
thing toward the upbuilding and 
betterment of his community and 


, — — ^» 



Jerome Bristow Respess 


Jerome Bristow Respess i.s rec- 
ognized, by those in a position to 
know, ax the leading horseman in 
Kent m'k.;. today and unt' of the fust 
disappearing class of old school 
horse fanciers and breeders. 

Mr. Respess wa.x horn on his 
grandfather Bristow's farm located 
between Florence and Independence 
on November 12, 18«3. While 
Jt»n>rri? was still an infant his fa- 
ther moved the family to near Un- 
ion, where he purchased a small 
place. He in- they stayed until 




Jerome wus about sixteen when his 
father bought a farm near Flo 

In 1883 Mr. Respess started mak 
trig fair- showing saddle hoiMB, 
which natiirilly ami eventually 
brought H i in lata the owning and 
raising nf thorobreds. 

In is'.Ov thirty two yea i - ago, he 
started the liree ling of thi-e thor 
ohr*- I animal- that have been sy- 
nonymout with the great stale <■'■ 
koii'ticky. The t;i-i -.xtiou \eiu- 
BJ .i breeder were spent al Wood" 
lawn, Ohio, w • i re he talked mijim- 
of the IhMI h i ■ of that day. All 
horse fanciers will remember the 
"I HitWi ih »." art uU-»t hui^. 


ftp to "Man <>' War.' He mu 
foafM m lirOO and died in l'.'J 3 md 

is buried along I be Dixie Highway 

Francis Marion Voshell 


John R. Coppin Co. 

Francis M. Voshell resides at Pe- 
tersburg where he is interested in 
farming on a rather large scale. 
He is particularly noted as a raiser 
of fine hogs, and last year had the 
second highest ton litter in Boone 
County and one of the best in the 

He is a descendant of an old" 
Kentucky family, energetic, thrifty 
an i a man of such character that 
he is looked up to by ull who know 
him. He was born in 1H77 near 
Petersburg, K>., the son of Giorge 
('. and Mahala Johnson Voshell. 
who formerly lived at Aurora, lnd. 
In l'.MIK he was united in marriage 
with Elizabeth J. Low* of Moore- 
Hill, lnd. They have two ''hil 
dren Francis Leroy, age twenty- 
one, and lyo.-lie WiNon, age thir- 
teen. Mr. Vi>-hell i- a member 

of the 1. 0, (). V. at Mode- Mil 
and a member "f the Modern Wood- 
man Lodge of America at Aurora 

In connection with hog raising, 
the above is interested in raiting 
and breeding of grade an I register 
1-d Jersey cattle. At the present 
time fourteen cows are being milk- 
ed and a nice bunch of young 
heifers, growing into future rows, 
are being rai-ed on the place. 

Founded, owned and operated by 
Kenluckians for Kentuckians, the 
John R. Coppin Company depart- 
ij-rit -tore at Mai.json-av. and 
Seventh-it, Covington, is truly a 
Kentucky institution in which not 

Benjamin Thomas Kelly 

Burlington, Ky. 


opposite the home "f M'f. Respess. 
Back in those days purses 
were smaller and few stake race* 
brought mora than UU.uOO that 
today wuuld bring tnO.000. In one 
rare "Dick Welles" won *7.2lM). Thtl 
was in IMS when he was started 
fifteen times and came down in 
fiont fourteen times out nf the 16 
starts. Altogether this horse »•»•, 
{•12,000 for hi- owner. If the pur- 
ses paid today had been in effect 

then "Dirk Welles" would ea-ily 

have been tin- means of his owner 

taking down a ipiurtcr of a trillion 
dollars in purses anil il ikes. For 
instmce. a purse valued at I'.KMl 
torts', only paid S'JST) then 

"Wi 1 tergrcen," a son of "l>irk 
Welles" won a Kentucky Derby in 
l'.)()3 for Mr. Kespess and paid him 
|9,OO0 for the race. Today that 
same stike usually pays between 
$55,000 and $5i'.,000. Mr. Respess 
bred and raised "Billy Kelly" which 
he sold as a yearling for $1*100. 

This horse proved to he the best 
two-year-old of that year, 1917, 
and was later disposed nf for $40,- 

At the present time Mr. Respess 




i- the owner of a beautiful place of 
.il.', icrvx Hear Hurence, called the 
Highland Stock Farm. He has a 
beattti ul home -itualcd on the 

highest point oi hit farm oVerl ok 
mg the blue gins- past ires, sur- 
rounded by wide fences ad doited 
with scampering colts ki.king up 
their heels with an over abundance 
of high spirits. - He has nine horse 
barns on I li pi ice that can -table 
one hundred forty head, each one 


a few Boone countians are intei - 

K-tablished in 1H7!. one of the 
n ost unsettled epoch- of Amercian 
hi-tory, the Coppin -tore had a 
very modest beginning. It sur- 
vived the rigirs of the period and 
gradually expended under the 
guidance of its. founder until de- 
par. ment after department was 
added in order that the public of 
Northern Kentucky might be better 

In 1915, the Coppin store was 
acquired hy Frank IV Thorpe and 
during the last fifteen years the 
e\|pim-ion and development of the" 
popular establishment has been no- 
table. Innovations and. improve- 
ments wire: created* so that the 
•teadily legions nf natrons would 
be served quickly, efficiently and 

Within the last year even great- 
er strides to add to the comfort a <1 
convenience of its clientele were 

taken by Coppin executives. One 
"»f the most outstanding factors in 
>he success of the .store i.s the atti- 
tude of courtesy and friendliness 
which the management always 
—strives In have manife.-vixd-b;, each 
mem be i of Eta organization. The 
thi- store and its instruc- 
it- co workers is that the 

always to he regarded o- 
rathor than just a cu- 

leed of 

•ions t. 

■ gUc- 

With this friendly teeling exuded 

by its employes, the Coppin store 
has won innumerable new friends. 
Folks who are reluctant to patron- 
ize the huge departmental institu- 
tions of today' need have no hesi- 
tancy about trading at Coppin's. 
One gets the personal attention 

llwijannn Thomas Kelly of Bur- 
lington is a fiuit grower and farm- 
er of wide acquaintanceship in this- 
section. He was born her/* March. 
30, lMi.l the son ot James 1'. and 
Luanda Craven »vell> . Through 
his life-long endeavors* in his cjm- 
iixinity he has-w-on the friendship 
of hundreds through his "honesty 
and a sincere desire to cooperate 
in any movement for the goo.l of 
Boone County. He was married 
o.i Oct. 24, lbHE, to Ollie Mae Llore 
He li the father of tour children — 
Arthur, Frank, Alice and Ora, all 
of whom are living, except Arthur. 

Mr. Killy is one of three surviv- 
ing heirs of a family of thirteen 
Children, nine hoy- and four girls. 
Ins (fraud! at her, Jesse Kelly, came 
to- Boone ( ounty about lfcio and 
established this family ia Kentucky. 
Hi- wife was Jane Porter. I hey 
,il- i bad a family of thirteen chil- 
dren, eight of whom were boys and 
five girls. All of these children 
lived to mature age. Kaeh of the-e 
eight boys were six feet or ni 
In height. Mr. Kelly is a Ittttnbei 
o, the h. of I'., and his hobbj is 
in raising of fruit. 

Kdilor's Note: Mr. Kelly, during 
the process of the publication of 
this edition, passed away on July 
4th, "after an operation for appen- 

here that is lacking in su many ul 
the great machine-like stores in the 
'arger communities and you are 
huiried in and hastened out. 

As a Kentucky institution, the 
Coppin store is a great home store 
mann e d by local people. It helps 
to maintain srhools. public institu- 
tions and the general welfare of 
the state as well as county and 
city. It provides employment and 
.a livelihood for several hundred 
persons and its earnings do not go 
to -Wall street but go right back 
into the pockets of Kentuckmn- 
to be reinvested in Kentucky and 
her progress. 

Patrons may have free parking it 
they buy or shop at Coppin's. This 
convenient parking station is locat- 
ed about a half-square from the 
st me. All one need do is drive 
> our car to the parking lot, go to 
< 'oppin's, make purchases amount- 
ing trnr d olla r or mm? and get t he 
saje*-*?beck authorized by a store 
employe. Then. when ready tiT"g» 
home or leave the parking station, 
present the authorize I sales-check- 
to the attendant and' yuu get yoUf 
car without any charge. 

Other improvements are content 
plated at the Coppin store for the 
near future and it will prove prof- 
itable for every reader to visit this 
interesting store soon if you nre 
not one of those from Boone coun- 
ty and vicinity who make it a reg- 
ular custom to shop there. 

Charles M. Carpenter 

Charles M. Carpenter resides at 
Devon, Ky., on Dixie Highway, on 
,K. it. 4, trlanger, Ky., and has a 
lucrative position with the Andrew 
Steel Co, of Newport as a steel 
Dourer. He was born at Itiehwood, 
Boone County on April 1, 1891, the 
son of Theodore and Mary Harris 
.Carpenter, honored and respected 
life-long residents of this commun- 
ity, whose biography appears else- 
where in this issue. He was united 
in marriage with Mary H. Darby, 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. 
H. Darby, of Point Pleasant, Ky. 


He is a strong Democrat and 
never scratche I the ticket. He la 
a member of the I. O. O. F. Lodge 
and a Modern Woodman of Amer- 
ica. His favorite hobbies are 
dancing and horse riciftg. He is 
very proficient in the first named 
art, and his friends say he is a 
pretty good pick! r in the last. 

in a box stall. At the present 

tune he h.i- forty four mares, five 
stallions, seventeen yearlings, twen- 
ty-five suckling colts anil twenty- 
eight runners in training. The 
average number of foal" yearlx on 
Mr Re-pass' firm totals about 

On December 84. It'll Jerome 
B. Respass via- united in marriage 
with Bella Becker, r. native of <i' 
ci nati. They have one son. Jet 
nine. Jr.. wh i was born on Septem- 
ber 24, hit3. He graduated this 
year from Holies High Prhool, 
Covington and will leave in the 
fill to attend the 

The father of Ml 
William C. lie-pass, who was born 
near Centerville. Bourbon County, 
in 18:17. He died in 1010. The 
grandfather of Jerome was a- na- 
tive of Virgh ia. coming here earlv 
in the nineteenth century. He 
married Susan Corlis. a Kentucky 
girl. The mother of Jerome Res- 
pass was Katherine Bristow. who 
passed awav in 187fi. Her par- 
ents were Ruben and Statira Ste- 
phens Bristow. natives of Boone 

(Left) "BUSY AMERICAN' : (Right) "HTLDIR" 

University of 
Rea ps * ! was 


County and residents of the Union 
section. The maternal great grand- 
father of Jerome, the father ot 
his grandmother, was Leonard Ste- 
phens who owned S.OOO acres of 
land between Florence and Inde- 
pendence — one of the wealthiest 
men in the country of his day. He 
and one other man paid for the 
building of the old Baptist Church 



at Florence. 

Jerome Respass has "fought shy" 
of publicity throughout his lite- 
time, and though unassuming in 
his busness and private life he has 
done much good with the influence 
that has come to him by reason of 
his industry, perseverance, and 
knowledge of his business. 


Bluford Watson Adams 

Although the subject of this brief 
biography, Bluford W, Adams, died 
on F'ebruary 12, 1912, the memory 
of his unselfish activities will nev- 
er be forgotten. He wus the first 
president of the Peoples Deposit 
Bank at Burlington, was active in 
its affairs and greatly instrumental 
in its later successes. 

Mr. Adams was a Confederate 
soldier a d served four years un- 
der the noUnl General Morgan. He 
was honored by his fellow coun- 
tians in many ways and served as 
circuit clerk for many yea"'s. The 
first ancestoar of Mr. Adams that 
seetled in Kentucky was his grand- 
father. Thomas, who dime from 
Virginia shortly after the Revolu- 
tionary War and settled in what 
is now Grant CojE ty. Mr. Adams' 
father was Presley Peek Adams, 
- who was born on October lfi, 1810 
and who died on January 18, 1872. 
His mother was Mary Ann ( Polly 1 
Stevens born March 4, 1813. the 
second of ten children of Samuel 
and Elizubeth Powell Stevens. 

Bluford Adams' parents were 
married August 15, 1831 and he 
was lorn February 8, 1844. one of 
eight rhttdnam of his parents, all 
of whom ire dead with the excep- 
tion <>f Mary Ann Adars. On 
February il. 1874 Bluford Adams 
was united in marriage with Fannie 
Bell Allen, born Seotember 20, 
IR:, r , the daughter of Benjamin and 
Isahelle Johnson Allen. The fa- 
ther of Mrs. Adams wis a native 
of Virginia »"d her mother a na- 
Mve of South Carolina. This couple 
had but one child. Lizzie Pearl 
Adams. bo»-n Nov. 30, 1874, and 
died Oct. 27. 1880. 




Lewis C. Hafer 


Hafer Family History 

There is not a' resident of Boone 
County who can claim descendant* 

of the anti-bellum days in excess 
of Dr. Lewis C. Hafer, who wa- 
born in Boone County and still 
holds dear the memories of his 


happy boyhood days spent on his 
lather's larm near Hebron. He 
was born in the latter named town 
on October 2'j. 1877, the son of 
George O. and Alice Cor.ner Hafer. 

He attended the local schools for 
hi.-- elementary education, finish- 
ing at Miami Medical College, now 
a part of the University of Cincin- 
nati, getting his degree as Doctor 
of Medicine in 1902. Besides this 
medical training he had one year of 
hospital work in Cincinnati, heTook 
post graduite work in the St. Louis 
Children*' Hospital. Children.*' Me- 
morial Hospital of Rochester, Minn. 
u part of the great institution pre- 
sided over by the Mayo Brothers. 
Dr. Hafer started his practice of 
medicine in Harrison County, re- 
maining there or e year whereupon 
he returned to Florence, Boone 
County where he had a splendid 
practice until moving away in 1914. 

At this time he opened an of- 
fice in the Cotton Bldg. at Coving- 
ton, his residence being at Ufi Ken- 

— ner Street, Ludlow. — For the put 
fifteen years Dr. Hafer has been 
recognized as a leading specialist 
in chil. rens' diseise*. He is catt- 
ed upon many times for consulta- 
tion and children from all over the 
northern part of the state are 
brought to him for examination. 

Besides his activities in looking 
after his private practice he is in 
charge of the children*' .!■•; artmerrgi 
at both St. Elizabeth and Booth 
Memorial Hospitals in Covington. 
He is also medical director of the 
(•hildrer.s' Clinic at Covington held 
in connection avith the public healrh 
work of KentOo County. A greater- 
advance in the diagnosis and cor- 
rection of childrens" diseases has 
iieen noted in the medical profes- 
sion than in any other of its branch- 
es, and Dr. Hafer has let nothing 
stard in his way of obtaining the 
greatest possible amount of this 

Not all of Dr. Hafer's patients 
are able to pay the necessary cost 
for much of the treatment and he 
is continuously devoting his time 
and talents toward the "correction 
of diseases among children of the 
poorer classes. Many of these 
are brought to him mere "walking 
skeletons" who are soon turned 
into chubby youngsters full of the 
natural vigor in normal children 
at those ages. 

Dr Hafer is a member of the 
Masonic Lodge at Ludlow and the 
Kishmee Grotto, and is a member 
of the Rotary International, He 
is a member of the American Med- 
ical Association, the Kentucky State 
Medical Association, Southern 
Medical Association, Licking Valley 
Medical Society, Campbell-Kenton 
Medical Society. 

When the Hebron Deposit Bank 
was organised he was selected 
as one of the-directors and as such 
he still retains his business inter- 
est in Boone County. He is also 
a director of the bank of Ludlow 
ard has helped to bring that insti- 
tution to its present high state 61 
influence in the community. Dr. 
Hafer enjoys many kinds of sports 
having a preference for the great 
national game of baseball. He 
has a small farm near Hebron and 
for many years was greatly inter- 
ested in raising thoroughbred Jer- 
sey cattle as a hobb\. In the late 

The Hafer ancestry on both 
tides ran be traced back lur many 
generations, However, the most 
complete record is foun.i in the 
ancestors of l.avinia Alice Conner, 
who is the wife of George Owen 
Hafer and the mother of Owen 
Clyde Hater and Dr. L. C. Hafer. 
We find that the Haters came 
from Germany, the first one in 
this line being Henry who died in 
( incmnati on March 15. 182o. His 
so . Henry Godfrey HaTer was the 
fa! In i of George Owen Hafer. 
< lemur Owen Hafer was born on 
,lum 1*. 'Sl'.t and married L.ivmia 
Alice runner on November 10, 1870, 
1-avinia Alice Conner Hafer came 
from mosi distinguished ancestors, 
"lit can be frared back on both 
sides of the family to late sev- 
enteen th century beginnings in 

Theresas nut enough space here 
to go lo retail .in. .in ifte wnoie 
.jrniiy. Many ol tnem saw service 
in trie j War ami tile 
v«ar or ifcl.:. lot. James Taylor, 
who was born in Medway, Caroline 
County-, \a.. in li.iJ ami who died 
• n I.Mijs numnercii in the records 
in the Kc;. lucky Historical Society 
and in the laoiiiy records bi tin 
Taylor lannly association as Jame- - 
lay tor IV becau-e he ll the fourth 
-man of that name in a direct line in- 
this county. He was the great- 
great-great grandfather ot l»r. L. 
C. Haier ami Owen t l.ide Hafer. 
This Col. James Taylor wa» piom- 
inent in his community, holding of- 
tice in his county in \ irginia dur- 
ing the oil French and inula \>ai. 
tor which he received recognition 
tronr*lhe King of England im hi- 
services. When the Revolutionary 
War began Col. Taylor went .to hj* 
boyhood friend. George Washington 
and offereil his help in the cause 
of his country. He nerved as 
colonel under Washington during 
the entire period of the Revolution 
and often by the side of this fammr- 
leader. He also helped to fortify 
the frontier near Staunton. Va. At 
ter the close of the war he became 
active la the affairs of the -tate 
i f Virginia. In recognition of his 
services he was given land in Ken- 
tucky County on the western era 
ters. and he visited Kentucky at 
least once but he made hi- home in 
Virginia where he died. 

Owen Clyde Hafer 

Owen Clyde Hafer, of Hebron, 
was born on October 2tj, 1877 at 
Hebron, Ky., where his father own- 
ed and" operated extensive farm 
lands. He grew up in this sec- 
tion, attending the local schools 
after which he went into farming 

W. W. Gaines 

William Winston Gaines Is 
the son of George W. and Eliza- 
beth Winston Gaines, and was born 
on his father's farm i.ear Bullitts- 
ville, Boone County on the first day 
oi January, 1M17. 

Mr. (iaines has boon located in 
Atlanta, Ga.. for the past 38 >ears. 
- He is a lawyer by profession, 
having his office at 2<>«-7 Atlanta 
National Bank Building, Atlanta. 
His first schooling was at the 
grammar school in Bullntsville. 
Finishing there he went to George- 
town College, where he graduated 
In 1887. To complete his educa- 
tion in his chosen profession, he 
studied law at Washington and Bee 
University, taking his degree in 
1891, going direct to Atlanta to 
"hang out his shingle." Atlanta 
at that time was not the big city 
of the smith it i- today, and Mr. 
Gaines has kept pace step by step 
with the progress of the city. 

He was united in marriagn-with 
Miss X. u In ( oli i an, popular young 
lmly of Carroll County, December 
24, lMtt'i. They hHve no children. 

Mr. Gaims is a Mason. Odd Eel- 
low and Re I Man. Space here 
will not permit a complete resume 
ot his many activities hm to enu 
mera'e a few, he is past Chairman 
of City Democratic Executive Coin 
nnttee of Atlanta, a frequent con- 
tributor to newspaper* on religious, 
educational and political s ubje c t s 
and has lectured many limes on re- 
ligion, educat urn and politics. He ha.- 

J. D. McNeely 


It is but natural for any young 
man who starts out with ail the 
advantages, especially wealth and 
education, to make a success of his 
life; therefore, a mini who starts 
out with nothing and succeeds in 
spite of his handicap- is all the 
more worthy of public tribute, re- 
spect and confidence. J. D. Mc- 
Neely, of Grant, Ky.. could lie well 
include! in the latter class. 

He is a man who has risen high 
in the businc* and community life 
of his section by reason of hard, 
continuous effort and a strict ad- 
herence to the highest ideals of 
honesty and integrity of character. 
For fifteen years he has been a 
director of the prosperous bank of 
Belleview, and has done his part 
:n building that institution to its 
I resent high state of prosperity. « 

Mr. McNeely was horn at Jack- 
-on's Landing. Gallatin County on 
August :t, 1881, the son of G. H. 
and Mary Agnes Clements Mc- 
Neely. who resided at Napolean, 
Gallatin County until their death. 

On January It. 1K85 he was unit- 
ed m marriage with Fannie I. -Ryle. 
daughter of Mr. »nd Mr- .1 T 
Kyle, a prominent family re«i.'fhg 
near Beech Gr o v e Sch-.ol House. 

Mr. and Mrs. W. "Wly have four 
children, all boys. They are C. 

F... R, C. Lee R . and J. B. 

MY MrNeelv spent hi- boy h ood 
days in Gallatin county, moving to 

fantry, later being transferred 
the twenty-eighth infantry ..n^B 

1'hilip Todd Richard-on. the 
great grandfather of these Ha i I 
hoys served in the War of 1M2 
as ai ensign in the nineteenth in* 

i.">. ISM. Six month* HfV- . 
wsa commissioned ■ second lieu- 
tenant and he was honorably darJ 
charged June 15, 1*1 o, I ict*t 
Richardson was captain) ':. . Mo. 
Indians while at war with TV. 
Ohio and was more or less adopt 


at which he remained throughout 
his life time, wun the exception 
of three years in the goveriuucju 
servica at the post oftuc in Cov- 
ington from l:nr| t„ i;»o4. and<«#\ 
mdWths in )!•)! as postal' c»rk at 
St. Petersburg. He completed a 
-hurt course at the State I nivcr- 
-ity. ( oi lege of Agriculture and 
sMce that time has been greatly 

interested in and identified with 
Junior Agriculture .(Tub work in 
this county. 

\hout 1920 Mr. Hattr purchased 
the one hundred twenty-five acre 
farm" of his father-in-law. when 
he now resides. This fnirn i. .■■ 
beautiful place aid Mr. and Mr- have made it their home for 
twenty -five years. He ha- a large 
dairy of registered Jers... eattU 
and has ii r ed and de v w i .^ n . 4 -~ m «. 
real producers. His -on. Robert. 


been, and still is, a member of the 
Board of Education for ten years 
and Was President of the Board 
for several lui m- He was a mem- 
ber of the Atlanta Catnegie Li- 
brary for several years and its 
president. He has teen a Moder- 
ator of the Atlanta Baptist Asso- 
ciation for four terms, aid is a 
former Vice President of The 
Southern Baptist Convention, ln- 
deed. W. W. Gaine. is on., of -h* 

into the tribe. 

As the 

went on the Indians permitted him 

who wa- a member of the ( alf'duh 
i.u-ed a heifer now making the 
highest record of any duo in the 
> ounty. 

On November :.•+, 1901 \j t Hafer 
was unite! m marriage with « lara 
H/ofimian. daughter of Frank and 
Sophie Gclker Hessman. They 
J^AV/ three children Alice aged 
twenty-four, who is at home; Hot,, 
aged twenty-three, who helps 
father on the farm, and Paul 
aged twenty-one. who is with the 
Western Electric Co., of Cincinnati. 

moat widely known citizens of his 
city and state, - 

Though U-ing nway from the 
cunty of his birth^for nearly for- 
tjj years, Mr. Gaines has ke i in 
constant touch with this commun- 
itv partly through thf medium of 
The Boone County Recorder to 
which he has been a sabacriber 
all of these years; and before leav- 
ing the riMinty was the Bullitt-- 
ville correspondent for this publi- 
cation. He still owns hi« ances- 
tral homestead; and he comes 
home' every year or two. 


Boone after his marriage an. I set- 
tled down <-n a fifty acre tract of 
land on Gunpowder Creek given 
his wife by her father. During 
the passing years he bought addi- 
tional land and became prominent 
in the county as a raner of live 
stock and tobacco. 

Aln.ut the time his youngest son 
was gnwn Mr. McNeely purchased 
an eighty acre fa rm n» ir 



to go on hunting parties with them 
and finally he began to hunt by 
himself, going farther away each 
time and remaining for longer pe- 
riods. Finally he was able to leave 
their camp for four or five days at 
a time without exciting suspicion, 
and on one of these trips he broke 
away and finally reached civiliza- 
tion after a hazardous trip thru 
the wilderness. 

Big Bone Baptist Church 

(By Mrs. Ora B. Presser) 

In May on the twenty-fifth day 
in the year of 1843, forty-two mem- 
bers composed the congregation of 
the Big Bone Baptist Church ar.d 
were instrumental in the organiza- 
tion and development of this temple 
of worship. 

Brother Robert Kirtley served as 

years his increased activities have 
necessitated his eliminating this 

On July 30, 1902 Dr. Hafer was 
united in marriage with Katherine 
Crigler, the daughter of John W. 
and Agnes Wnlton Crigler. At that 
time Mr. Crigler was operating an 
extensive farm near Hebron. Mrs. 
Hafer is ■ a direct descendant of 
George Walton, one of the signers 
of the Declaration of Independence 
and is an eligible of the Society of 
Colonial Dames. The Walton fam- 
ily have long hern prominent in 

Kentucky enterprises and society. 
the family coming here from Vir- 
ginia shortly after the Revolution- 
ary War. Dr. and Mrs. Hafer 
have two daughters, Georgia who 
was born August 11, 190*1 and 
Mary Katherine born the 2f>th of 
February, 1909. Both girls are 
graduates of Ludlow High School 
and Berea College. Georgia, the 
elder daughter is dietician at St. 
Elizabeth Hospital and Mary Kath- 
erine. who graduated from college 
last year, is a teacher of home 
economics in the Holmcsdalf High 
School at Covington. 

pastor from the start until 1874 
and the first two deacons were 
Thomas Huey and John C. Riley 
being ordained the fourth Saturday 
in 1843. 

A building committee was select- 
' I who had $1,240.00 to use for 
such purpose and in 1867 the 
buildirir was inspected and receiv- 
ed. It should be mentioned that 
Brother Kirtley was assisted by 
James Kirtley in the preaching, 
and in 18T4 was railed as the pas- 
tor. James Kirtley served his 
church for forty-nine years resign- 
ing on Nov. 17, 1900. 

In October 1926 Rev. R. A. John- 
son answered a call to this church 
and has done a wonderful service, 
the total enrollment now being 253, 
rnd during this period four deacons 
have been ordained, Everett Jones, 
3. L. Jones, Lynn Hubbard ami 
Tom Huff. 

Editor's Note: The above is a 
small part of the fine history pre- 
pared b\ Mrs. Pre«ser and nwc - 
gret that lack of space prohibits 
the use of the complete writings. 

1 >■'. moving there and where he 
hopes and expect* to spend his re- 
maining days. 

Mr -.McNeely is treasurer of the 
Mason i, l^jdge No. , r i44 and though 
he ha« several hobb'ee has hod 
little time to in lulge in them. He 
. has found time, however, to wield 
his influence to contribute and co- 
operate with any forward move- 
lent looking toward the better- 
ment of his community ard county. 

Oak Woods Baptist 

Whereas that part of the mem 
bars of the Baptist Church at Mu i- 
lick, who reside in what is called 
the Oak Woods Settle.-rent in the 
i ounty of Hoonc. and State of Ken- 
tucky having heretofore taken into 
consideration the propriety of 
forming themselves into a new 
church for the Glory of God and 
their own convenience and having 
ubUuiMtd the consent of MudKck 
Church to which Lhey belong and 
applied to the neighboring church- 
es for aid and 'council to examine 
into their situation sad to consti- 
tute them i/ it should Ih- thought 
advisable. Be it. therefore, re- 
membered that on Saturday the 
2«th day of March in the year of 
our Lord 1825 at the house of 
Brother James Finnells agreeable 
to appointment the council from 
the churches attended as follows, 
to- wit: 

From Cruises Creek George F. 
Northcutt, Elijah Williams. Edward 
Stephana, Elijah Vise. Philip Rob- 

Prom Bank Lick. George Vise, 
I-ewis Kleet. Jos. Stephens, Elim 

Mudlick. Lewis Cooper. Daniel 
Roberts, James Emiott, Edward 

Bethel, Matthew Adams. 

Forks of Gunpowder. Lewis Con- 
ner, Wm. Conner, Thos. Cushmam', 
Chris Wilson. 

Bullittaburg, James Dicken, Ab- 
salom Graves. 

The council, then after praise 
and prayer, proceeded to business. 

Brother Lewis Conner was chosen 
moderator and Absalom Graves 





Charles A. Fowler 


Farmers Bank 

Charles A. Kowler was born at 
Burlington on September IS, 1857, 
the nun of Edward and SUsan Scott 
Fowler whose history will be taken 
up later on in this article. Charles 
Kowler, the youngest of eleven chil. 
dren, attended the public schools at 
Burlington whereupon hr learned 
the painters trade which in those 
days neccssitaletd a thorough un- 
derstanding in the mixing of paints. 
He followed that profession in Bur- 
lington until leaving for Ohio dur- 
"ing the winter of 1X85. At Athens 
Ohio, and various other places in 
thai locality, he f< Hotted the paint- 
ers trade during the summer and 
taught (turning during the wit tei. 

lie nun r i»- i a girl of that town 
by the name of Ellen Logan, daugh- 
ter of J. W. and Mary Woodruff 
Logan. This event took place on 
February 1*5, lxxx. Mr. Eowler has 
two children. Eugenia Scott born 
■t Burlington March 2, 1901, the 
wife of ('. H. Bridgewater of Akron, 
Ohio, and they have two children, 
Mary Ellen and~ James Kowler 
Bridgewater; Jerry Logan Kowler, 
born at Athens, Ohio May 25, 1893 
who married Hazel Crow of Green- 
ville. Mich. They live at Hebron 

Charles W. Riley 



and have one i hill, Maty Margaret. 
Mr. and Mi-. I A KuwJel returned 
to Boone County in I9H> where they 
Bow live. How el el, |il tor to this 

time the) spent two years m Bur- 
lingl on H" pmp i ii ilo i» u n d-up er a li 
ors of the aid Boone Hotel. 

In UH7 Mr KowU i »i- appoint- 
ed jailer, later being elected te 
the office which he he„i toj- twelve), 
year*. He refused to make the 
mr for tin- office in 1929, not 
feeling equal to the iccasion. He 
said a job worth doing at all is 
worth doing well, and he was afraid 
his ill health would not permit him 
to do justice to the position. Dur- 
ing his term of office ha had three 
hundred fifty-six prisoner- undei 
his charge, all of whom caused him 
very little trouble with the excep- 
tion of one Ben Sweeney, who thru 
trickery and taking advantage of 
Mr. Fowler's go o dness struck him 
over the head with an iron bar. 

born in Kentucky about 1750. This 
attceatot wa- probabl) the first one 
of tin- line ' o !«• bom in Boone Co. 
a- Benjamin's father came here 
fro i \ irginui Benjamin Fowler 

iva- null lied in 1x26 to Ann Scot! 
Brown \\iiu w.i- born in 17M! I ll 
dierl in I hi- W1I the second 
marriage '■<•. each and both had 
child) • n bj • be I i - marriage 
i ha i lit I* on It ' falhei . Edward 
Ki'ivr wa- ttie eloWi -on of Heti- 
lanin hj In- firsl wife and the 

III,,' hYj of I iv' I-', iv, el , Su-a'i 

s. itl Brow o st» - hi eldes daug'i 
ter of \n- S •■■■ Brown bj her first 

VlU-bi', ' TtlUlgh -lep-hl other 

and stater there Was no blood re- 
lationship. Edward Kowler whs 
i. or' near t.'nmn in Isllo ,md died 
n l-s| Su-an Scott Brown, his 
«iii wa- horn in Missouri in 1X14 

ttl.l died III 1X*X. 

Edward Kowler wis superinten- 
dent god kiep.' ..• th> poor in 
Boone i mint) ft »n 18M to IS80 
lie in- depu v ihei ff under W. H. 
Baker from Mttl I i UMK>. He was 

e'ecN-d I - - r „ Is,,,, cfld -ened 

in this offli • ' in . 1 1 \ 'in l. His 

bond-Toe fol tin- ..f! it were N. E. 

Uaaras, M Uamili on and G. W. 

Weaver. He served i'ii' \car as 
constable in 1878. In 1K81 he was 
again elected superinti dent nf the 

The Farmers Bank of Petersburg 
opened its doors for business on 
the first day of July, 1903 with 
every prospect for a brilliant and 
prosperous future that has been 
proven by the years of wise and 
judicious handling of the depos- 
itors money. At the start the 
bank was capitalized for $15,000, 
which has since been increased to 
126,000, and from the beginning 
the stockholders have been men ot 
sterling worth and financial 

The original stockholders were 
wise not to spend the greater por- 
tion of their first capital by the 
erection of an elaborate oversize 
building. However, a bankmg 
house was built that answered the 
purpose in every respect and, best 
of all, a late improved and burglar 
proof safe wis installed for the 
safe keeping of the depo-itet- 
funds The hank has been and 
still is one of, the most important 
cogs in the wheels of comment' 
turning around the city of - Peters- 
burg and the adjacent countryside. 

The first, president of the insti- 
tution was Solon Early who at that 
time besides being an extensive 
farmer, was also a magistrate in 

Roy L. Clutterbuck 



the Fiscal Cwurt. The vice pic-- 
ident via- .1. II. Steven-, a well-to- 
do farmer residing near Petersburg 
and «h" now (wtds the honor anil 
distinction ,,f being President, 

Besidi - Mi. Steven*, the other 
officii- iind directors are as fol- 
low-: <;. H. Grant, Vice president; 
11. A. Iw.gci-. Cashier ami director; 
II II Grant, -la- K. Qainea, J. W. 

<ii an;. Bernard Rogers. Mi-s Bel 
nice it. Giant i- assistant cashier. 
No better selection than these colli I 
have been made bv the stockhol I- 

l i ii'i m i' V. wh i eh n ' f i ee he held nil , - r » . 


The original family from which 
i carles \V. Kiley of Hebron is 
desremlad, while of probably Irisii 
extinction, really is of French des- 
ei nt !-■ as inueh as two brothers ot 

that name settled in Flanders, 
France many years prior to our 
American ■£•• \ ohiii'.n. Iiio of the.-o 
descendant s came over with La- 
fayette t" tound the American 
in a eh. Hi- toother's family 
have been kentuckians since 1792, 
though gorhg tu Ixiuistana in 1825, 
■.lie tarn;', t'li I i liar back to Ken- 
' .n ky n> *i>y. .. .ye aw, iW'l-. . Mr. 
Riley's eiea l grandfather on hi- 
father's sole i .Ulle to Ky. about 

'son from Virginia 

Mr. Kile} i- the son ul Mr. a»l 
Mrs. C, W. It ley win. resided a 
few mill- WCS1 of Hebron, where 
the object of this sketch was born 
on December 13, 1X91. Mr. Riley 
took advantage .of the available 
schooling in his community by at- 
tending the common schools and 
tini-hing iit Covington High School 
and Transylvania College. His de- 
sire for education not being satis- 
lied, he i- now finishing his second 
■ Miir in Law. 

Though away from Boor.e Coun- 
ty for twenty-three years, Roy L. 
Clutterbuck still retains many hap- 
py memories of the ditjl spent in 
Boone County and rem uns greatly 
interested in the welfare an.i up- 
building of his old home county. 

in the latter part of the last 
century he with his brother, H. G. 
Clutterbuck conducted a general 
merchandise business in Burlington 
under the name of Clutterbuck Bro- 
thers. Ten years later, about IW? 
Roy was compelled to seek a milder 
climate because of the health of his 
son. I^awrence, the family moving 
to California where the boy passed 
away in Los Angeles in May, 1907. 

At the present time Mr. Clutter- 
buck is a salesman for a wholesale 
grocery house in thnt sity and re- 
sides in the well known suburbs of 
Beverly Hills <at 232 South Swall 

Mr. Clutterbuck was born at Flo- 
rence, Ky., the 12th of September 
18X1 the son of James R. and Belle 
Scnc-i: 'utterbuck. The father 
of 1 , ill be well remembered 


by the older generation as one of 
the best sheriffs Boone County had 
during those years. In October 
?6 , 1X99 M r Clntterhiiik was mar- 

il his death. 

The grandfather of Charlie Fow- 
ler, Benj. Piatt Fouler, built the 
-tone house near t'nion, now 
kiJiin as Smith House. This home 
*»> erected in 1X17 of solid linie- 
-tone. with walls twenty-twi inches 
thick fjnd an endle-- chain laid in 
the mortar at each story. Charlie's 
fathei and mother were married 
there in 1X3U. Benjamin Fowler 
also built the "old" Boone House 
and operated a hotel there. This 
building has since been remodeled 
and is now the beautiful home of 
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Renaker. 

Besides their two living children. 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Fowler 
had one child, Lena Gladys, who 
w - born .lanuarv 25. lsX'.l and died 

Those officers and directors have 
a: all times merited the respect 
an I confidence of all with whom 
they • amc in contact because tht 
one thought uppermost in their 
minds was "Service and Accommo- 
dation." With such a desire to be 
• f publu benefit there is little \ion- 
dcr 'ha" the bank ha- progressed. 
far n the twenty seven year- of 
.t- existence, with every indication 
for building still more good wijl 
in the years to come Sometimes 
a community grow- ahead of its 
bank but in this rase it can be said 
without fear of contradict ion that " 
fthe Farmer- Hank of Petersburg 
has always lieen the leader in ev- 
erything for the good of that whole 
section of the county. 

In 1910 he was united in mar- 
i age with Miss Onia llankins, i>i e 
•if the Jii<>»t popular young ladies 
in Boiirie County and they were 
blessed .with a son, George H., who 
js now nine years of age. 

Until the time that he accepted 
the position as Cashier, TIT Hebron 
Deposit Bank in December. 1922, 
he had b ea n a successful operator 
pm a large farm near Hebron. He 
entered the Bank bn fill the place 
of his fathei -in-law who was in 
ill health and was elected Cashier 
in his own right during June, [923. 
Mr. Rile) is a Mason and a pa-' 
Master of hi- ' Ige. Hi- greatest 
hobbies are hunting and fishing 
which is not surnrising considering 
the pioneer stock from which he 

ried to Anna Lapsing Garrison, Jibe. " 
of Boone CoUfcty. The? have two 
children. Roy William age 22 and 
Homer Warren ajje_ 21 

being the same date as George 
Washington's, however, the subject 
of this short biography first saw 
the light of day ma y years later, 
to be exact, February 22, lXti'.t. His '• 
parints were John andNancy Sand- 
ford, respected and honored eitizens 
of the Burlington community. 

The majority of his boyhood days' 
were spent in and around Burling- 
ton, the memory of those happy 
days still linger, Hnd he revevied 
his education at the old Morgan 
Academy in that town. His moth- 
er passed away when he was but 
two years of age and three year- 
later he went with his father lo 
Nebraska where thev remained 


which nearly caused his death. 

Thin prisoner and two others left 
the jailer for dead and made their' 
escape. This occurred the night of 
Nov. 19, 1920. The other two have 
been captured, but Sweeney never 
was heard from. There is little 
question in the minds of the Boone 
County people that Mr. Fowler 
made one of the most capable jail- 
ers ever elected to that office. 

Mr. Fowler's paternal grandfath- 
er was Benj. Piatt Fowler, who was 
born in 1779 and died in 1851. Ja- 
cob Fowrer, father of Benj. Piatt 
Fowler married a Piatt probably 


August 2. 1893. She was born in 
Burlington ami died in Athens, O. 
One sister of Mr. Fowler is still 
living — I .aura Harriet Tilley, who 
was born in Burlington January 31, 
1849. She is in splendid health 
considering her advanced age of 
eighty-one years. She is living at 
Clearwater, Fla., where she has 
spent the last twenty years. Her 
husband was a prominent jeweler 
in that town for many years, the 
store being operated at present by 
Reed* Tilley, his nephew who took 
over the business upon the death 
ol Mr. Tilley. 

Chasteen R. Fowler, a brother of 
Charlie_ was born in 1854 at Bur- 
lington. He was killed in rfoyna- 
mite explosion in the state of Illi- 
nois on the 16th of October, 1893. 
He had two sons, Thomas, who is 



about forty-two years old, and El- 
mer about the age of forty at the 
present time. Both were born near 
Fairbury, III., and both are living. 
Martha Frances Fowler, the sister 
of Charlie Fowler, was born in 
Boone County November 19, ix;lii 
and died Scntcmber 9. 1926. She 
was united in marriage with J. B. 
Huwes in February, 1865. X nev 
had three children. Mary Hawes 
is now the operator at the local 
telephone exchange. Joseph Ed- 
ward Hawes is married and has two 
children. The third child of Mr. 
and Mrs. .). B. Hawes was Alpha, 
who died April 11, 1XXX at the age 
of eighteen. 

Charles Kowler's father and 
mother were members of the Bur- 
lington Presbyterian church for fif- 
ty years. > 

George W. Sandford 


In 1917 Mr. and Mrs. George 
W. Sandford left Boone County in 
search of a warmer climate which 
they found at Glendale. Arizona, 
where they have a most pleasant 
homo at IX S. Central Ave. Mr. 
Sandford is an extensive grower 
of citrus fruits and raises pure 
blood poultry. His splen lid char- 
acter quickly endeared him to the 
residents of his new home where 
he hns taken his rightful place* as 
a leader in his community. 

Mr. Sandford is a native of 
Boone County, having been born 
just one mile west of Burlington 
on what was known as the Charley 
Birkle place. His birthday is cel- 
ebrated all over the Cmited States. 




nearly a year. At the age of ten 
he went to live with his grand- 
parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Hughes 
on their farm and later become tha 
.owner of most of it. 

Prior to this time after his moth- 
er's death he lived with his grand- 
mother Sandford, who operated the 
hotel of that, name in Burlington. 

In June of 1906 he was united 
in marriage with Mi*s May Cason, 
daughter of Mr and Mrs. Benjamin 
Cason. whose family history goes 
back to the beginning of Kentucky 
as a state. They have no children. 

Mr. Sandford is a member of the 
Knights of Pythias and for amuse- 
ment likes rothing better than base 
ball unless it is harness horse rac- 
ing. ' We know his many friends 
in Boone countv wish for both him 
and his wife a long and prosperous 
l'fe in their adopted home. 

Robert Ewing Berkshire 

iBy W. D. Atwoo i) 

As publisher of a local ncws- 
(hi-. Circuit t terk uml Master Com- 
missioner of Boone County, there 

i:tn he little «lu.:ht that Robert K. 

Berkshire, i.s known to every man, 

woman and child in this section and 
J hi- fnen .ly disposition, with a. 

higri degree 01 -unseltishncss, has 

made hi* hundred.- ol loyal Iii tads, 

When Mr. Berkshire purchased a 

half interest in the lie-orer from 
Judy* Kiddell in l!>21 he had little 

>r no knowledge of the 'fourth es- 
tate.' except a natural talent thai 
was soon brought to light by steady 
improvements in this county seat 
journal. Not quite one year later 
he became sole owner ad since 
that time has used the prestige of 
hi- columns toward what he earn- 
estly believed to DC for the best of 
thi community. His pa|wr ha* 
riever been subsidised by local <•-. 
foreign influences; h iwevcr. when 
it has become necessary t.. take a 
decajed <tand on question* of mo- 
nu-nl» he has been unswerving ia 
abidr g by his decision, reached 
only after can fill and judicious 




Peoples Deposit Bank 


thought. Today he is looked upon 
by 'brother editors," in his own 
and. adjoining states." as a leader 
in his tield. whose advice and coun- 
cil is sought upon man> occasions 
in all tranches of the newspaper 
bu sines*. 

- in the yt'ar-»r l'*2l Tic received 
the ronunation for Circuit Clerk 
of Boone County without opposition 
and was elected that fall, taking 
hi* office in January of 1W22. He 
is also Master Commissioner and 
Trustee of the Jury Fund. These of public trust he has f u'.h- 
fully fulfilled with satisfaction to 
all concerned and in 11127 was attain 
given these same positions by the 
voters of this county. L'r.til the 

In 1904 a rumber of influential 
"en in Boone t ounty maile the 
decision to formulate plans for a 
in v banking institution at Hu' 
lingtun. Naturally, the first pr ice- 
dure wa- t. sell the capital lock 
md Owens Watts was delegated thi 
authority to moke this attempt. lit- 
success was Hot immediate, and so 
not to elay laager W. I'. Beemon 
was asked to see a number of h.- 
1 1 lends and acquaintances on tin 
I lopositmn. The final result- of 
Mr. B ee mo n's endeavor proved con 
c i u s iv sl y no In-lter mm could hove 
.been chosen to dispose of this stock, 
tor in mighty short srdei the orig 
mal capital of 32O.0»H* vm« over 

. After the pledging of thi- $£0,000 
in capital stock a meeting of the 
stock holders w«- hebl in May 
W08 with Owen \V itts . appointe • 
chairman and D. K. C'astlemaa lec- 
ret&ry of the meeting. At this 
time the following directors were 

elected: O. P. Con er. B. W. Adams. 

F. J. Walton. W-. I.. B. Reuse, A. 
W. Corn, W I'.. Bccn-on. C. W. 

i'lbv, Henry Clore and II C. Dun- 
i an. These officers and directors 
adopted a resoloton thaf* a i.i-loei 

be oht lined at a salary of $000 
pi r year, if a competent man could 
be obtained for that figure That 
•ame day the directors met and 
elected B. W. Adams as president 

and 0. P. Coimpr as vice-president, 
find a committee of_0»P. Conner, 
W. L. B. Rouse, W. "P. Beemon and 
B. W. Adams wire appointed (e 
Iodic the site. On June- 5th this,. 
nen reported that they bad pur- 
chustd the land where now stand- 
the old bank building. Becaus" 
of the fact that no cashier had been 
appointed 0. K. Castleman was ai 
pointed temporary treasurer, and 
a call for 10*, of the stock wa- 
or'ered pa. able to him at once to 
start the erection of a bank build 
ing rrd to j ay for the lot. 

At a meeting of the director* 
on August ii, 1904 \|,. A B. Ren- 
iiker was elected cashier of the 
bank by unanimous vote. At this 
time a call for sill', additional ol 

the capital -tock was made. 
Though greatly Instrumental in 

the formation of the I'eop'.e . I >e 
posit Bank O. P. Conner, the vice 

preside, it, died before the bank wa- 

opened, and B, II. Bh» kenb e h e r 
was elected as a membel oJ the 
board and \V. I,. It. R<>is»e n a med 
i e president. 

From the very start the bank 
ma ic success and started paying 
dividends at the end ,,f the tirst 
year oi >'. seiiu-annunllv. I hi- 
imrc.-i -i ii giadnully to -4,' a and *i' , 
and m r.ijo a in.', semi-annual 
dividend was paid. Business in 
creased i atei tally a- ihc year*. 
. n: Biong. and in l'.l_'s a 12'. 
Usmi an ual dividend was played, 
v. null ha- bven niaintuiiie.l -in>> 
'hat time. L i Aujfti-l I'.i. the cap 
i. ai n u. U iu- inn cased Irora 320. 
oiiii :.. »:>ii,uo.i, giving the bank a 
uidei latitude in bu-ities- ullair- 
and nrei-ed materially the op 

portunit) fur itting the depo* 
lors. Some of thi- additional stock 
was scattered among the obi stock" 

holders, but most of it wa.- di-s 
posed "f to other residents of Uu^- 
i.iunty. The first President. B 

W. Adam-, served from the begin- 
ning of the Bank u til hi- death 
in V.'Vl at which time W. I.. B. 
Koii-e wa- elected to the 1' 
demy and served until hi.- death 
"ii March 10 1933, At thi- time 
C. II. Youell wa- elected President 

and -lived until hi- deith May 2»i, 
J 930 a .1 on June 1. 1939 Judge 
N. E. Kiddell was unanim.iu-ly 
elpcte i a* President and & itnvi 
acti g in that rapacity with thin 
institutitoi. Since the -tart of the 
bank the phenonnnalh large sum. 
cnnsiderinK- the sir,. ,,f th.. ...imii — 


:m).'.i."i, ind on June .'10, l'J27 they 
..taled nearly $1,000,000, to be ex- 
act $'.*'>4,07'_'..'ih and the deposit- 
or June SO, l'.t'lt) total Jl.iH.l.'.'jb si 

Today the Peoples Deposit Bank 
nf Burlington is the large-t in the 
county and htere are none strongei 

n pm port kin to site than this lank 
Ii has a capital stork of $.",ii.imhi. 
,1 Mitpltis of 1 1 00,00*1 and undivid- 
ed profits of 155,000. The directors 

if the bank at the present lime 
.'•re all influential and prom inent 
men of their communities, each ol 
whom have been most successful U) 

their businesses and-private enter 

i'ii-es. A. W. Corn, Henry (lore 
tin I W. I*. Beemon were directors 
at the start of the bank ami are 
:u.u h..n..i,-.| rind valuable lllelnbels 

• f the board. Other directors of 
this bark include R S. Cuwen. AI 
Roger*; N. K. Kiddell. 1 F. Blank- 

nl.ikei, F. I.. McGlasSOfl rillir 
S 1! Nunnellev The bank ha- 
t m'W 1 resident in the |»'r*on of 

N K lliddell. « h.. was elected to 

till '.he vai ani \ f 1 H Youe!l 
whin he died -lid lenlx May '.'•'., of 
-•hi- year. 

Judge Kiddell. while a net* pre-. 

dent of the Peoples Deposit Bank. 
IS not new to the ha- king busi 
(less as he was at the head of the 
old Boone County Deposit Bank be- 
fore it was merged with the Pm- 
ples Deposit Bank A. W. lorn 
1- rice president and has held thl« 
positiofl fijr -even years. A. B. 

Kenaker is cnahier which position 

he hn« faithfully held -mce rtle 
-tart nf this financiil instiuitior 
Mis- N.ll H Martin i« assistant 
cashier, havi' g la»en with the P«-«i 
pies Deposit Bank over a period of 

Peoples, This personnel i 1 charge 
of the daily business of the Peoples 
Deposit Bank in most efficient, and 
ready'and witling at all times to 
render the ultimate m service to 
the bank's customers. 

.\- wa.- ,-iated IcC'i'c, the \\*i- 
pY- Deposit Bank purchased the 
assets of the Boone County l>e|x>ait 
Bank, tins event t iking place in 
February, HUT. The BootM I oun- 
ty Deposit Hank Ml the older of 
the two, having lie«-n founded in 
August, lS,s.', with Fountain Kiddell 
a- piesi lent of the institution. Two 
years prior to the merger the old 
Boone County I»e|Misit Hank built s 
beautiful lew buililing from 
the court house, movsad into its new 

home on October L'!«. 1925, a. id of 
course since the merger this new 
building has housed the Peoples 
De. u-it Hank. 

The building i- a lw.. story -tru<-- 
ture of cir brick and stone 
trimmings. The iunlilinjt frees 
the nnr:h and one enters two large 
French dour- , (a u - lobby forty 
feel lung. At .in.- end of the 
lobby is a ladies' restruum with 
heautful wicker furni-hings. for the 





of 1 1 30,000 has— been paid t« the 

stock holders of thi- bank ;n divi- 

The d ij- the IV,, ,b- iVposil 
I'ank opened for business the rec- 
'•rd- -how a deposit of f 10,.".i7 '.'* 
Ibis wa- on Nov! inbi-i ii. l'.'ii:, 
Five year- later the deposits had 
. i leased to 1 1 38.037 J)5. On Nov. 
i. l'.'ls the deposits had surpassed 
the one quarter of a million n ark 
and totalled 3361.198,1?. o n June 
39, I'»2."> they had nearly doubled 
this figure with the'total of 301(5.- 

■went, ycarr. "The other as-is!ant 
• iishnr- are I. C BeemoA, vvh.. 
has held this |x,sition with tire 
Peoples Hank for leii years. G. S. 
Kelly also has i:t years banking 
experience with the exception of 
eight month- s| M .nt in the war, III 
f these years he was with the old 
Boons' County Bank and. since the 
merger, with the Peoples Hank. C. 
I.. Cropper, the junn r a-si-tant 
cashier, ha- been in the banking 
business five years, two ,,f which 
were with the old Boone County 
Bank and the last three with thi 


benefit of tie public, where one 
can meet friend- and hu.-ine-s .».-• 
seriates. I he counter* are pf ma- 
il, gan, with plates glusi and nisi 
ble forty inches high. The viult 

use.n for the storing of the bank a 
moneys, b,„>ks, a .1 laluable pap. is 
is con st ruct ed ..f - ■•h.l ...n. r.-i<- iw-o 
and one half fee: thick, Ijiav ly le- 
infoned with -teri I he ibsir is 

"' •! I ei I t.n ins tu - thi. I> .-I the 
late-t type, and w si gh s more than 
30.000 lbs., making mi nhselute bur- 
glar pro.. f vaiit the second fliMir 
of the building i isttliJed as a 
lodge room by a njimbef .if differ* 
. n' organisations 

At tile time the l*.o|ile- Hil"k 

tcK.k over the new building after 
th.- merger the hunk . held o|M-n 




spring of 1928 he accomplished the 
almost impossible task of running 
his newspaper and taking care of 
his clerical duties without 'aid, oth- 
er than the mechanical help at the 
printing plant. 

Robert Ewing Berkshire was 
born near Peteraburg on Septem- 
ber 25, lH'i'l, the son of Bcnjami.- 
and Ethel Norris Berkshire whose 
family ancestry appears elsewhere 
in this history. His elementnrv 
education wis received in the same 
old country schools attended by his 
father and it the ai r «' of ten he 
enierpd the Petersburg public 
schools when his parents moved to 
tha 1, p'sce. He gr nliiate I from the 
High Schol th- re in li'10 and from 
the Aurora High School in 1918, 
where, bisldp his studies he fourd 


time to make the truck team, win- 
ning several medals for ability in 
those events. 

At this time Bob, as his friends 
call him, was determined to study 
law, therefore the fall of that year 
found him enrolled at the L'niver- 
ity of Kentucky where he spent 
two years preparing himself for 
that position. In July 1!»I4, when 
home on vacation, he was severely- 
injured by the kick of a mufe while 
working on the farm and for i time 
his life was despaired of by the 
attending doctors ami. specialists. 
This hurt was undoubtedly a turn- 
ing point in his life for. though 
he started in with his university 
work that fall, he wax unable to 
contiue through the spring and 
was brought home for a serious 
operation, with his illness that sum- 
mer making study impossible. 
While at Lexington he w m a letter 
on the track team when he did the 
hundred yard dash in ten and one- 
fifth seconds against the beat 
• printers at the University of Cin- 
cinnati. Among these was Dr. 


Victor Fishback, now a prominent 
specialist, and well known to 
Boone County people. 

On January 1L\ 1UI6, Mr. Berk- 
shire was united in marriage with 
Leila Thompson of Petersburg, 
daughter of James M. and Ida Al- 
lein Thompson. They have three 
lovely children, all girls, Meli.ent 
Ann, age 13; Helen, 11, and Roberta 
age 'J, all of whom attended the 
schools at Burlington. 

For two years after his marriage 
Mr.Bcrkshire carried on farming 
operations near Petersburg before 
accepting a position as a clerk in 
the store of the Berkshire Com- 
pany of fchiit place. He had a 
varied career that included many 
activities which were to prove most 
valuable, especially in newspaper 
■work, where such information is 
ically essential. In the fall of 
(919 he accepted a position 'as a 
murker in the Aurora I^iose l,eaf 
Tobacco market and the next 
spring, as a partner with Kdgar 
C. Riley, purchased the two stores 
of White Bros, nnd Berkshire Com- 


puny combining them into one busi- 
ness which they operated for see- 
em) months before reselling to the 
White Brothers. At this time Mr. 
Berkshire opened up a truck 
freight line from Petersburg to 
Cincinnati that he was carrying on 
at the time of his election to pub- 
lic office and in April of 1022 he 
moved his family to Burlington 
where they have since resided. 

Mr. Berkshire has been a mem- 
ber of the Petersburg Christian 
Church since the age of twelve 
years and is a member of the 
Knights of Pythias of thut town. 
He has a membership in the Ma- 
sonic lodge at Burlington and of 
the Scottish Rite at Covington. He 
is also affiliated with" the Burling 
ton lodge of Modern Woodmen. He 
is interested in all forms of sports, 
with « preference for baseball, and 
is a leader of the national pastime 
in this section. Besides his other 
activities Mr. Berkshire is Chair- 
man of the Democratic County 
• 'on mittee and vitally intereste I in 
Ihe growth of Boone County. 


house to celebrate this opening on 
Monday. February II, 198T. There 
weie gifts for the ladies and cigars 
and cigarettes in abundance for the 
men. The lobby was banked with 
floral pieces as gifts from other 
banks and banking friends. Repre- 
sentatives were here from New 
York, Cincinnati and Louisville F.s- 
timated attendance that day was 
conservatively placed at 500, which 
at i.» a pleasant surprise to officials 
of the bank ns i! served as con- 
c'u-ive pioof of the |K>pularity of 
the merger. The man who made 
the first ,1). .,„it of this bank in its 
new home was I, M. Barlow (C cle 
Jimmie), who had long been a 
friend to this institution. 





Walton Equitable Bank 

The Walton Equitable Bank at 
W«lton, Ky., is the result of the 
merger of two other banks in that 
town, iv The Equitable Bank 
and Trust Company and The Wal- 
ton Bank and Trust Company, this 
event having taken place in Feb- . 
ruary 1927. The capital stock 
totaled $50,000 and they had a 
$50,000 surplus with $30,000 in un- 
divided profits and combined re- 
sources of |760,OOO.0O. 

At the time of the merger the 
follow*.- if I'M* parted and representa- 
tive men were chosen as directors: 
R. ('. Greene, President; J. I). May- 
hugh. Vice President; 1). B. Wal- 
lace, E. K. Stevens, Oliver Hrown, 
G. N. Powers, A. M. Edwards, D 
K. Dudley, J. C. Bcdinger and K 
E. Kyle. K. B. Brown and (has. 
W. Ranslcr were also vice pres- 
idents with Alan II. (James secre- 
tary and K. Sleet West, cashier; 
J. Ben Doan and H. K. Metcalf as 
assistant cashiers J. D. .Mayhujrh 
was later elected president and 
upon his death in March 19:!0 Wil- 
ford Hire was selected to fill that 
hiirh place making 1 him the young- 
est bank president in the state. 

After the merger had been ef- 
fected a beautiful new home for the 
bank was erected nt n cost of $52,- 
000 00. It is a two-story limestone 
building with one hundred foot 
frontage, on the mnm street of 
Walton. The exterior is decor- 
ated with marble a»'d two columns 
of what materially rise nearly the 
whole heighth of the building. The 
interior is also decorated with mar- 
ble with the woodwork in natural 
quartered oak finish. A ten -inch 
vault door guards the public's 
money further protected by a Mc- 
CUnt«ck. Burglar Alarnj. Safety 
deposit boxes are available to all 
who need the use of such, a do- 
poittory. It is a state bank with 
trust powers and a member of the 
Kentucky Stat*- -Bankers Associa- 

The present directors represent 
the leaders of their community. 
They an-. Wil'ord M Rice, PTOsi- 
dert: R. R. Brown an attorney: 
C. W Ransler. real estate; ('■<••'•<' 
Kolb. president of Washington 
Bank. Cincinnati; V II (laine*. 
Msrnger of the Walton l.umbe- 
Companv: J. C. Bcdinger, farmer; 

Hebron Deposit Bank 

In the year of nineteen hundred 
and twenty, just ten* years ago, the 
Hebron Deposit Bank was opened 
for business to fill a much wanted 
necessity mi the community and 
with the full cooperation of the 
influential men and women ul tnai 
thriving section of Boone County. 

A new building wa.- erected io 
house the bank which was a credit 
to both the new and to 
the town of Hebron in which it wus 
located. A great of thought 
an I judgment was exercised in 
purchasing the interior lixlurcs for 
the bank ami, when comphted, a 
safe was installed as near burglar 
proof as possible to produce. 

The capital stock was confined 
to a total of $20,000 at the start 
that by diligent endeavor of the 
officers and directors business in 
creased sufficient to raise that 
amount later to »$:iO,(K»o as it is 

The business of banking in a city 

Robert Schuyler Hensley 


Geo. W. Kottmyer 


Robert S. Hensley is a prominent 
resident of Grant, where he carries 
on an extensive general store busi- 
ness which he purchased of W E. 
Yelton in August. IWS3. Mr. Hens. 

1 1^1 KB 

W^^HsHB^If i 


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is more or less of an assured suc- 
cess due tofcUic great number of. 
indiviJuajs and business houses 
who have need for a banking con- 
nection. In a town "f smaller size 
with limited population Arid fewer 
businesses being operated one can 
well be proud of, the fact when 
a bank attains the success which 
has come to the Hebron Deposit 
Bank * 

The Stockholders were particu- 
larly wise and fortunate in the se- 
locticu of officers and directors 
that were to guide the destinies of 
this bank from the very start, when 
Joel C. ('lore was elected Pr ss M eW t 
ami John B. Cloud vice president 

No less far seeing were they in 
the choosing of the present board 


ley was born at Somerset, Ky., on 
May 5, 1800, the son of Howell and 
Mary Kll. n Keith Hensley who now 
resdes at Ft. Worth, Texas. The 
father of Robert Hensle.. was h 
well known clergymen aid was 
pastor of the Baptist church at 
Belleview for a good many years. 
He was loved and respected by all 
who knew him and his fine traits 
feof character have been handed 
down tg the .son, who numbers his 
friends by~The hundreds. 

Robert Hensley was taken by 
his parents to Texas at the age of 
thrw years. He grew up in that 
state and remained until 15109, when 
his father again returned to Belle- 
view as pastor of the Baptist 
church. * 

Mr. Hensley received his school- 
ing in this county at Grant. On 
January 2d, 191II he was unite 1 in 
marriage with Clara A. Riley, 
daughter of, James A. and Josie 
Riddell Riley, who were natives of 
this county and. descendants of one 
of its oldest families. 

After his marriage young Hefjs- 
ley became interested in farming 
where he Stayed two years, moving 1 
to Tipton. I nil., where he purchased 
a store which he conduoU-d for over 
a year. The next three year* were 
spent in conducting a large store 
at Terre Haute. Ind.. where he was 
connected in business with his un- 

Both Mr. and Mrs. Hensley are 
members and zealous workers in 
the Baptist church at Belleview and 
is — the f h nir 

George W. Kottmyer whose an- 
i est iy has been given above was 
bor.i on May h, l*H7 at Constance, 
the sun of Henry and Martha Doi- 
ivi.-k Kotnmyer. George grew up 
at Constance and attended the Lud- 
low public schools. After his 
school da., s he learned the machin- 
ist trade, at which he worked until 
the past eight years when he pur- 
chased a general store in Constan. e 
which he now operates. 

He was married on September 
30, 19D1 to Virgie RiggsT born on 
March 17, 1KKK the daughter of J.# 
Wood and Carrie Weir Riggs of 
l't. Pleasant neighborhood. Hei 
father was a native of Boone coun- 
ty, his family coming here from 
Virginia and her mother coming 
here from Indiana. Mt. and Mrs. 
George Kottmeyer have one sotti 
James Woodford, aged twelve. 

Mr. Kottmeyer carries a general 
line of merchandise at his store, 
including feed, hardware, I lotions, 


groceries, etc. He is slsn p ihV 
ma-ter at Constance. Mr. Koit- 
meyer is a member of the Masonic 
Lodge. He is grrstly interested 
in hu community and county and i- 
ever ready nnd willing to contrib- 
ute and cooperate toward its up- 

>f the ferry boat at Constance, was 
i pupil ot the school. 

the School remained on the 
Kottmyei site for something like 
five years, and then was moved 
to another location. That site is 
no.v • wned by Henry Kottmyer. 
Sr., and occupied by Fred Vahl- 
«ing. The school was next locat- 
ed on the north side of the road 
near ' elbow" of the Mile hill, and 
thence to a location ot something 
like .'IU0 yards south of the present 
oration on Worrel Run Creek. The 
school remained there only a few 
years, and was then moved to the 
present location. 

The present school was built 
Mver a third. of a century ago. Mr. 
I^on Voshel, now of Lnion, was 
the superintendent of Boone coun- 
ty at that lime. It was a one- 
room building until ten years ago 
Constance had grown to a village 
that a one-room school would not 
accommodate. Another room was 
added and another teacher was 

Constance has continued to 
grow, and a two-room school will 
no longer accommodate the chil- 
dren. A modern three-room build- 
ing will be erected. 

The Cons.ance school ha- con- 
tinued to make (progress, and is 
now one of the leading schools in 
the county. The school has won the 
scholastic events in the Boone 
county tournaments for one and 
two room schools for three con- 
(tcntrVC years. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Lents are 
the teachers of .the Constance 
school. They have recently been 
employed by the Caunty Board of 
Education for their fifth consecu- 
tive term at Constance^J 

Mr. Lewts hails from Western 
Kentucky, having "been born in 
Marshall ^county, February 22, 
1896. He received his common 
school education and two years 
of high school from the Hardin 
Graded and High School, Hardin. 
Ky., and graduate! from the 

-wheTT- — M r . Ht' i isU - y — I* — tne- 
lea.ler They have two children, 
Howell Riley. »(ted sixteen, and 
Espy Almarine, aged fourteen. Mr. 
Hensley is a member of the I. O. O. 
F. Lodge and d. rives his greatest 
relaxation ard recreation from 
baseball and croquet. He is in- 
tensely interested in the further 
development of his community ami 
is ever ready an! willing to co- 
operate toward the upbuilding of 
the entire county. 

board when the bank started and 
were probably greatly instrumental 
in the wonderful success attained. 

Wm Rritrenhelm. capitalist: D. K 
Dudley, retire!; A. M Edwards. 
Prr n b l en t Walto n Lumber c,>mps 
nv; G. R Power*, resl .estate; R 
K Ryl". physician and D R Wa! 

la-e, rrttred ba-krr and cipitsl*«t. 
The officers are Geo. C Kolb. 
Chairman of the Board' Wilfonl 
M Ri.-e. Proitlent: R B Brown. 
Vice President ; C W. Ran«ler, Vice 
President; Dr R F Rvle. Vice 
President; A'sn H. Gaine«. Users 
tarv; I T.-Murnhv. Attorney; E. 
Sleet Vyewt. Cashier and J. Ben 
Poan and H. F Metcalf. :is«istar* 

The Equitable Hank and Trust 
Company was organized Septem- 
ber 7, 1907 by J G. Tomlim, A. B. 
Tompkins. D. B. Wallace, J. ' I.. 
Vest and R. M. Rylarvd who made 
up a capital stock of $50,000.00. 
At the first meeting of the stock- 
holders the following men were 
sleeted as directors- C. L. Griffith, 
Pres ; .1 L Vest. Vice Pres.; J. B. 
Donaldson, B. B Allphin. A. B. 
Thompson. R. EL Hrown. f. T. Met- 
calf. J. C. Miller O. 8. Watts.. W. 
M. Hudson and It. A. Perkns. IV 
B. Wallace was the first cashier 
and served as such until elected 
president about 1915. servirg in 
the latter capacity until 1925 when 
he retired and John C. Miller be- 
came presiden t. The hank was 
successful from the start and pay- 
ed a six percent dividend the firs! 
year then eight, ten. twelve, and 
frurteen percent each year there- 

Th Walton Deposit Bank was 
started in 1890 as the first bank in 
Walton, and us a matter of fact 
the only bank between Williams- 
town and Covington. The capital 
stock of $25,000 was made up but 
only one half \»s railed for the 
other half being_madc up by div- 
idends which was the regular prac- 
tice in those days. The first of- 
ficers anil directors were Dr. Allen 
President; T. F. Curley, vice pres- 
ident; D, M. Bagby. John Hogins, 
John T. McClure, Elijah Greene, 
lohn T. Johnson and Geo. W. Rans- 
ler. R. C. Greene was the first 
cashier until he followed Mr. Bag- 
by into office as President. In 
1907 tfve name of the bank was 
changed to the Walton Bank and 
Trust Company when R. C. Gaines 
was elected president serving un- 
til July 1929. 

whoso character and standing rT" 
the community ran bear the elos- 
rsi -.runny. The present officers 
an- Hubert Conner. President; (!. 
II. (irant. Vie President; Charles 

W. Riley, Cashier. Mrs. Owen 
Acra is Asst. Cashier, having held 
that position with honor and trust 
since the bank started. The direr- 
tors are. Robert Conner, (J. H. 
Grant. Liston llempfling, Henry 
Gatje, William Goodridge, B. B. 
Grant. Dr. L C. Hafer. C. S. Rid- 
dell. S. B. Nunnelley and M. L. 
('mtcher. Of thes,. Messrs. Con- 
ner, Hafer. r Riddell, Gatje and 
Goodridge were on the original 


Murray Normal School. 

iMrs. Lents (nee Mollie Newman) 
is a Boone county product, having 
been born at Union. She graduated 
from the Union High School in 
1919. She attended the Eastern 
State Teachers College at Rich- 
mond three summers, and gradu- 
ated trom the Murray .State 
Teachers College last year, re- 
ceiving a B. S. degree. 

The Constance School 

Hy R. V. Lents 

In 1868 school was opened in a 
little one-room school on the spot 
where Henry Kottmyer, Jr., now 
ives. Henry Kottmyer, Sr.. owner 



Inscriptions. Copied in the Old 
Family Cemetery at "Sugar 
Grove," known as the Harrison 
place, below North Bend in Boone 
County, Kentucky. 

"Sacred to the memory of Cap- 
tain John Brown, born in the 
State of New Jersey, October 22. 
1752. A Patriot and Soldier of 
the REVOLUTION. He sustained 
thru life the sentiment of a true 
Republican. Braved an immigra- 
tion to the Western wilds at an 
early period. Died November 18th, 

Then follows on an adjoining 
stone, that of his^daughter Clara, 
who married General Zebulon M. 
Pike, the Army officer who after- 
ward discovered Pike's Peak. 

"Sacred to the memory of Clara 
H. Pike, widow of the late Gen- 
eral Zebulon M. Pike. She died at 
her residence in Sugar Grove, 
Boone county, Kentucky, in the 
64th year of her age. She was 
willing to die and believed on her 

Savior; therefore her home is now 
■ n High!" and below that is the 

"Oh in yon bright world of beauty 
May thy loved ones all appear 
Forming one unbroken circle 
Clustering round thee. Mother 

General Pike's daughter by his 
wif*. Clara Brown, married John 
Cleaves Symmes Harrison, son of 
General William Henry Harrison, 
whose wife was a daughter of 
Colonel John Cleaves Symmes 
(who was also an officer of the 
Revolution.) Colonel Symmes at 
one time owned all of the land be- 
tween, the two Miami Rivers (HO 
miles along the Ohio) and extend- 
ing back from the Ohio for a 
distance of 10 miles. 

The above mentioned John 
Cleaves Symmes Harrison, is also 
buried in this old cemetery at 
Sugar Grove. Th'is burial spot is 
now in a very neglected and run- 

ANK TAKEN JUNE 14. 1921 

down condition. The Elizabeth Ken- 
ton chapter of the Daughters of 
the American Revolution have had 
a bronze tablet made to be placed 
on the grave of Clara H. Pike. 

General Pike when he married 
Captain Brown's daughter, was 
only an unknown . young man and 
father Brown did not have much 
faith in him; so he had Pike give 
bond (which was then a law in 
Kentucky) that he would support 
the now wife. Pike did give such 
a bond, and it is recorded at Burl- 
ington, the County Seat of Boone 
County. This bond was signed by 
William Bales, the great great 
grandfather of Mrs. Lallie Kenne- 
dy Southgate. Mr. Bates was bur- 
ied on his farm and it is still in 
the possession of one of his de- 
scendants, Mrs, Emily Moore Ban- 
ker of Wes ern Springs, III. 

Kottmyer Family History 

The Kottmyer family of Boone 
County are natives of Germany, 
the first one of that name coming 
to this country when a boy of four 
with his parents, settling in Cin- 
cinnati. The "old country" home 
was along the Rhine. His name 
was Henry Kottmyer and he mar- 
ried Hanna Branstcop. They had 
four sons: Henry, Jr., Christopher. 
Charles and John. 

Charles Kottmyer bought the 
Anderson Ferry at Constance in 
18o4. At this time the ferry wa- 
opented by horsepower, and he 
changed it over into a steam boat 
and was very successful in the op- 
eration of this business for sixty- 
three years. Charles was born 
in 1837 and died at the age of 
eighty-four. Charles had seven 
children: Henry, who was born in 
1860; Emma. Lilly (Mrs. C. O. 
llempfling) and Carrie, all of 
whom are living. Charles, John 
and Louis are dead. , t 

This Henry Kottmyer, the son 
of Charles, took over the ferry boat 
after his father's death and operat- 
ed it until his retirement a short 
time ago. Henry has three sons: 
George. Ollie and Henry. Jr. 
George is the owner of a general 
store at Constance and Ollie and 
Henry operate the Anderson Ferry- 
handed down by their great grand- 



Ezra Owen Rouse 

Florence Pike 


Eira Owen Rouse, son of Wil- 
'.iam E!i and Nancy Iiouisa Rouse 
who were bono in and life lone 
resident.* of Boone County, was 
born near Gunpowder, January .'1. 
186-1. He was nurried to Nancy 
Benham. October 20. 1886, who 
with her , arents. John and Eliza- 
beth Pentium, came to America 
from Lankashire. England, in 1873. 

Mr. Rouse has beeei actively en- 
gaged in farming for many yean. 
He operated the Gunpowder atop 
from lK'.nl to 1893. From that 
tine he was a stock trader, carry- 
ing on his father's occupation in 
partnership with his uncle. Mr. 
Fred. A, . Ue -also 4nr sever* 
al yeira operated a hardware store 
at Erlatger, Ky. 

On his farm, which was the home 
■ f his parents, is ore uf the oldest 
cemeteries of the county, also ;i 
barn which was constructel from 
the loirs of the old Lutheran church 
near there. 

Mr. Rouse has been a member of 
the I. O. 0. F. Lodfre at Florence 
tor many yvsnr. He ha* also been 
a member of the Board of Direct- 
ors of the Florence Deposit Bank 
since its organization in 1904. 

James Lynn Frazier 

.lames Lynn Frazier,. aged 82, 
of Union, K>.. is a dependent of 
ild Scotch pioneer stock whose an- 
cestors came to this country in 
IT 10 settling in the outskirts of 
what is now Philadelphia but then 
only an outpost of civilization that 
must be defended againt the na- 
tive Indians. Directly following the 
close of the Revolutionary War two 
boys, decendents of this family, 
.anic west to a new frontier at 
Mi-Clellans Fort located where now 
il the thriving city of Georgetown, 

The immediate grandfather of Mr. 
Prosier entered a tract of land near 
t'yntluana about this same time 
-cttling down there to wrest a liv- 
ing from the virgin -oil. The fa- 
ther of Mr. Frazier, Joel B. Frazu f. 

irarrted America SmidgTmm irr~ 
1638 m Harrison Count), Ky.. an 1 
ilm iat immediately located in 
Bo <>\? t'ounty on what is now call-, 
cd the old Frazier farm just out- 
lidc of Union. They started there 
in 1^10 and on that same farm 
James l.yn; »a. Iiorn in IK-W. He 
grew up to young maoltuod in this 
neighborhood attending the popu- 
lar and aristocratic Whitehaven 

H. A. Rogers 


place in the community as gentle- 
man farmer until he was literally 
drafted into the position as cash- 
ier of the Union Deposit Bank in 
19<K! at the insistence of his friends 

II. A. Rogers probably holds the 
honor of beu:g the youngest bank 
A l l bi er in Boone County, and has 
i ado an enviable reputation for 
himself through his efforts with 
t)V Funnels Hank at Petersburg. 
He vvu- lorn October 5, 1002 on his 
lather's farm between (irant and 
Petersburg, the son of llcrnurd and 
Ora Ryle Rogers. 

He attended the local public 
schools of Grant during his cjrjy 
days, late'- serving as assistant 
cashier and cashier at the bank at 
• iranf. He sjient four years in 
Cincinnati with the Fifth-Third 

Mr. Frazier is very active and 
nost cheerful, always ready with a 
bit of humor and still uclively \r, 
i harge at the lank. There is but 
one older man in the -late in the 
banking business. 

He was married la*- in life to 
Mi*- Nannie Hnstow, who passed 
away seventeen years ago. He 
'us a hunter and fisherman of 
tioJojaui tile days gone by and was 
M^O^u. end raiser of fine horses 
He "''-interested in travel anil 


I'nion Trust Co., going Co Peters- 
burg a year ago tn accept his prcs- 
i r>. position. 

He is from a family of Kentucky 
pattves, Uith his father and mother 
haying l«-en burn in this county. 
In October, 1936, he was united in with Iva Rose I rosth- 
watte nicy have no children. For 
relaxation and amusement Mr. 
Rogers is interested in all kinds 
ol athletics. 

W. (,. Kite 

Mo man in Boone 

tried harder to impro 
the fanner than W G. 
terioo, w rth his succe 

County has 
e the lot of 
Kile, of Wa. 
utful expwri- 


Boarding School which he has since 
purchased. His advanced euUva- 
tion was received at Bartlett> Col- 
lege in Cincinnati. 
On leaving school he took in- 


who were tjuick to recognise 

fart that his abilitv, husine I 

ucation and integrity of character 
W"iild. make him iikjsi nligihla 
lervi in that capacity. 


Would 1 like nothing better than to 
»ee all the nations of the world 
He counts his friends by the hun- 
dreds who.-e loyalty «:li never di- 

Philip Taliaferro 

In giving the brief sketch of 
the family of Philip Taliaferro we 
Kill start with Hav 1 aliaferro his 

Their h rm u ' 

i i m ime is i iii u n f the prrl- 
tiest places in the Burlington I'ik- 1 
and is easily recognized by its 
three large Beech trees in the yard. 
Their daughter. Violetta. was 
: >om at Pleyant Ridge July 2.1. 
IBJI3. She was married to Robert 
Cantos Eastman June 27. Ml 7. Mr. 
Eastman served in the Marine 
Corps during the World War. hav- 
:ng seen nine months service >■ 
France. Mrs. Eastman was active 
in her local Chapter of the Red 
Cross at that time. They have 
three children: Nancy Elizabeth 
born July 14, li»2i"; Robert VI bom 
June 12, 1928; Ruth Rouse, born 
■January 1, 1930. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rouses ... ly daugh- 
ter, Mrs. R. C. Eastman, and hus- 
iiand. have built a new Colonial 
horre on the Burlington I'ike near 
Florence, and expect to make it 

■at gr a i 

giaiiiiiatiu ' i, who wa.s Porn 
in Culpepper county, Virginia in 
1778 and who married Elisabeth 
Tutt. I'hilyj was a son of theirs, 
and the grandfather of the pres- 
ent member of that name; Be 
ua» born March IS, 1*22 at Win- 
chester, Kj., and diet at fjaliin. 
Be ine count) in January HHt»7. His 
wife was Mildred ( larks. ,n I'arrish 
h»rn June 18:12 and who died Aug. 
I, iMitl. Her parents were II. k 
aday I'arrish an I Mildred C.aik-w. 
I'arrish. The .-on of this rounle 
was the father . f Philip Tat 

of our government. At the expn" 
atio-i of thi- service the family wa- 
nuved to Krlangei w In re the fu- 
tner intend the insurance and real 
estate business. 

Philip completed his education m 

is. charmed with the arrangement 
of the rooms with the tw„ tone 
high light effect of the walls 
blending with the furnishings. 
There is gum woodwork, throughout 
;n walnut finish i.r.,1 the pan-!.-! 

menta :n jure bred stock and the 
beat grade of seeds. 

He is a farmer residing un Route 
two, Burlington, and besides the 
many activities necessitated in the 
operation >f exlei -ive land, he also 
operate*' a gen«iral rervhandise 
store at Waterloo This store was 
"penen^st Idpt. in. I8JU, by hi, fa 


Mr. Kite was born in this cu-tv 
on July 10. lH7:i. the son of J W. 
and Joanna CI. .re Kite, both of 
whom reside at pre ent on.U. R. 1, 
tiiant. Mr. Kite was united in 
marriage with Nannie K I'ooe. on 
Dec. If,, ltnisi. Hi< »j',. j, the 
daughter .if William aid \ddie Mf- 
«i eason I'ope, of Ho. me Co. This 
couple have one daughter. Jeanette 
Lao, 20 years old Mr hi!.- is «« 
odd Fellow- and has attained the re 
-pe.t of all who know him by his 
•v Ihngness | , cooperate In sll 

worthy enterprises He ha- bean 
a member of the church of Christ 
since he was 18 yours oW. 



the latter named town, accepting 
a po-itn> with a, railroad «*<>r a 
time then went to <i!<nmary. Ten- . 

where he »a- aasocmt«d «nh a 

large coal company. Indhe tall ol 
I'.iU he returned to Krlangei at the 
jJestfi of hi* uncle. H t; Blanton 
and aucoeadiag him in his unoV'r"- 
taking business Preparatory to 
taking the state k e\aminat . n t . 
Undertaker ami Embalmet he at- 
tendeti the Cincinnati Cffllegi ft 
Kmb ilming, receiving bis UcenaVi 
>n the spring of 1915. a firm belief in the fu- 

walls are in grey color. The chap 
el at the left will seat one ign- 
ored on nee I chairs in hllrk and 
gold color upholstered ,n reloor to 

match. The family r.M, m adjoins 
the chapel and has a home like ap 
pearance -ati-fymg wi-h its splen- 
tol appointment-. This room can 
•, completely shul off from the 

real if d.--ii-ed. «»ne pn--es thra 
i short hall way t.. re-wh th slur. - 

•mt room 'oautifiil ad restful w. h 
ts ros«. colon d »ubdue,l lights. 

I'hihp Taliaferro rtmm ih.- only 
un ertaker in either BnoBe or Ken- 

Bert Smith 

Bert Smith is a modest and un- 
assuming gentleman and although 
away from Bonne county for 16 
years he 11 still greatly interested 
in his home county and is willirg 
to rnntribAite and cooperate to- 
ward its upbuilding Mr Smith 
was born on Woolper Creek Oct. 
30, 1877. the son of Mr. and Mr<. 
Lyttra A. Smith 

He attended school at the old 



their permanent home. They have 
three grandchildren, the oldest is 
Betty, age 10, who is quite a stu- 
dent. Bobby, age 8, whose ambi- 
tion it is to bo a farmer; Ruth, age 
5 months, is the "Lady of the 
Home" and was born on New Tears 
Day, the second of only two births 
reported in the City of Covington 
on that day. 

As stated at the begiirni.g of thi- 
irticle his name is John William 
Taliaferro and he was born at Crit- 
tenden on March 4, 1860. On Jun« 
-♦'. ■UN. he married Sallie Blantoai, 
who was bom March 7, 1867. Both 
«>f these parents are living at Er- 
langer with Philip. Sallie Burn- 
ton's father was Dr. Wm. H. Blan- 
ton. a native of Owen county, born 
in 18.'J8 and practiced his profession 
for many years in Boone county. 
He married Ella Gale, a daughter of 
Josiah Gale. Dr. Blanton's father 
was Henry Blanton who came here 
from Virginia. 

Philip Taliaferro is known to 
hundreds of people in Uiis section 
of northern Kentucky by llgsull 
of hi" hmg established undertaking 
business at Erlanger. 

Mr. Taliaferro was born at Un- 
'on, Ky., or February 13, 1889 the 
son of John William and Sallie 
Blanton Taliaferro whose ancestry 
will be traced out later on in this 
article. His first schooling was 
received at Union, his parents later 
moving to Petersburg where his fa- 
ther spent five years in the service 


ture growth aid development of 
his community Mr. Taliaferro erect- 
ed a new funeral home on a beau- 
tiful lot in the heart of Erlanger 
and moved into the building in the 
fall of 1U2!>. The home must be 

seen to be appreciated for as one 
approaches the building from the 
street along the stone sidewalk laid 
in concrete with ribbon joints the 
first thing noticed is that all the 
windows are set in Bedford stone 
with the same material used in 
the columns and arch at the door- 
way surmounted by hand carved 
mosaics. The roof is of colored 
tile in perfect harmony with the 
cut brick of the walls. The lot 
fronts one hundred and fifty eight 
feet along the Dixie Highway and 
theglow nf the bronze wire screens 
on doors and windows enhance the 
outside appearance. In the base- 
ment entered from the exterior on 
the north side is storage space for 
funeral roaches, ambulances and 
sedans of the latest type that go 
to complete this modern establish- 

On entering the frort door one 

ton counties who answered the call 
to the colors during the world war 
He was an embalmer Vn I'nit Mil, 
Graves Registration Service, start- 
in as an ordinary private and rap- 
i ly promoted to the highest grade 
in that service of Quartermaster 
Sergeant Senior Grade. A man 
holding this grade can he promot- 
ed or demoted only from WashiTg- 
ton. , Mr Taliaferro was sent to 
France on September I, 1918, 
going direct to the front near Ver- 
dun and thence to the Argonne 
forest where he saw service until 
the signing of the armistice. He 
carried on with his company until 
July 29, l'.iltl when he was ordered 
to the States and was mustered out 
at Camn Dix a few days afterward. 
Mr. Taliaffero is a member of 
the Krlanger Baptist Church. Good 
Faith F. & A. M. miml»er P!i; J. 

0, U, A. M. Kenton Council num- 
ber 25; I laughters of Venus f/idge. 

1. O. O. F. number IM Florence: 
Summit Hills America number 9; 
Country Club, Secretary and Treas- 
urer Ky. Burial Assn. of Coving- 


Woolper School under the instruc- 
tions of such notable teachers at 
Alice Walker. William L. Gaines, 
Addle I, Hensley, Jennie Botta, 
Sidrey Gaines and others. He re- 
mained on the farm until he was 
thirty-five years of age when he 
entered the employ of Uncle Sam 
as mail carrier at Newport, Ky., 
where he is still employed. 
Mr. Smith's many friends in Boone 
County wish him the best of suc- 


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Chester and (has. Souther 

Boone County has produced many 
notable men, but none have gone 
farther in their chosen professions 
thar, the two subjects of thin 
sketch-Chester A. find Dr. Chan. 
T. -So:ithir, twin sons of Albert 


Clifton and Rwm Ashby Souther, 
whu were born on March 10, 183ti. 
As they grew up they allcnoed toe 
local schools of tha-ir ncighl/ui- 
hood as well as the private school 
cunducted by Mrs. hartley. From 
here on the lives of these two bro- 
thers began to separate as far as 
business and future profession were 
concerned. However, they have 
MtH lost the close personal asso- 
ciation usually found in twins. 

Kirst of all the writer will lake 
up a short resume of their family 
ancestry. Their father, Albert 
Souther was a tailor b> trade and 
was born in Boone County on Sept. 
14, 1H51 and died October 14, 1928. 
His parents and the boys' paternal 
grandparents were Linville C. and 
Margaret Conner Yeager Souther. 
Linville was born in Boone county 
on the ofH Allen tarm on Pries I'ike 
in 1K15 anil the house still -stands 
there today. His wife, Margaret. 
was a daughter of an old Boone 
County family and she was born 
in Florence in 1827. They had 

— iKn... «.m«- .1-min Kmnli and Al- 

and branches. This work required 
twenty-one months to complete, 
and necessitated visiting many 
large cities in widely separated 
parts of the United States. This 
meeting with lhirant was the real 
beginning of whatever success he 
attained in business. When the 
Revenue Act of October 3, 1917 was 
passed by Congress, which was the 
first of the war income tax acts, 
and thu first excess profits tax act, 
he decided to abandon all other ac- 
counting work and devote all of his 
energy to income tax. That this 
decision was a lucky one is attest- 
ed by the fact that in the first 
income" tax work for Durant he 
saved his company a million dol- 
lars. Thereafter, he was placed 
in charge of all* Federal Income 
tax matters for General Motors 
Corporation, which position he held 
for over ten years. The General 
Motors Corporation, recognizing 
his worth to it. paid him a large 
salary and a still larger bonus and 
made him what, in Boone County, 
would he considered a very rich 
man. Because of the fact that 
the affairs of Gereral Motors Cor- 
poration are given the widest pos- 
sible puhlicity, it is revealing no 
MCTeta to say that in many of the 
yean during which Chester had 
charge of its income taxes these 
amounted to more than thirty mil- 
lion dollars, annually. A great 
many interesting detail of this big 
business are available but lack of 
Space prohibits the use of most of 
them. Few people realize that it 
takes five men working six months 
to make out the income tax for the 
General Motors Corporation anil 
its eighty subsidiaries, or that its 
sales excee I a billion dollars in one 

Mr. Souther spent some time m 
New York where he had offices, 
being later transferred to Detroit, 
where he now resides in thi ex- 
clusive residential district of Pal- 
mer Woods. His address Ts 19.V.I 
Burlington Drive. His Boone 
( ounty friends hope that he picked 
the location, on this street out of 
memory of the Boone County capi- 
tol. During the past year Mr. 
Souther retired and now has an of- 
fice in the Fisher RMg. where he 
serves as income tax conauTtant 
besides looking after his own ex- 
tensive business interests. 

In 1898 he was united in mar- 

In March, 1904 Dr. Souther start- 
ed a private practice with an of- 
fic? at 424 Broadway. Consider- 
ing the fact that he was just start- 
ing out for himself, his first year 
was most successful, and had scv- 

David Bruce Wallace 

Tiage — with Kftuiah _tJkji si i i n, 

daughter of Jesse and Fannie Swet- 
man Corwine, who were residents 
of Florence. Mr. Souther is a 
member of the Masonic I/odge and 
if the Detroit Golf Club,- and the 
Pontchartrain Club. Although he 
has achieved success far beyond 
the dreams of his youth. Mr. South- 
er is modest ami unassuming in 
his private life, and will tell you 
(and probably prove it to you, too) 
that it was all just luck. 

Although his twin brother, Ches- 
ter probably attained greater fi- 
nancial independence than Charles, 
the latter has assumed a place high 
in the regard of others in the pro- 
fession of medicine and is today 
recognized as a leader in all kind* 
of surgery and a specialist in the 
surgical treatment of hernia. 

After leaving the private school 
•>f Mrs.. Kirtley at Florence. Charles 
took a business course in 1889 and 
MKI at the old Cincinnati Business 
College, located where now is the 
Sinton Hotel. In 1894 he was as- 
sistant bookkeeper at the Davis 
Carriage Co. in the West Knd, later 
entering the retail grocery business 
at Erlanger. He was, also pro- 
prietor of a general store at Bracht 
Station and Burgin, Ky. He spent 
the year of 1897 at home farming. 

At this time he had the urge to 
take up nursing as a profession, 
and through his employment in a 
hospital came in contact with Dr. 
M. B. Rlcketts, Ph. B., M. D.. and 
L. L. D., who encouraged him to 
Rtudy medicine, ridiculing the ex- 
cuses of Charles of insufficient 
money, etc. Dr. Ricketts was his 
preceptor and instrumental in the 
success Dr. Souther has since at- 

Dr. Souther started his study of 
medicine with the insignificant sum 
of $30.00, paying his tuition thru- 
out the next four years by helping 
Dr. Ricketts in his surgical work. 
Dr. Souther's first two years in col- 
lege were at the Cincinnati College 
1 of Medicine and Surgery and two 
years at the Ohio Medical School 
on Clifton Ave., now a part of the 
University of Cincinnati. He 
graduated with high honors in 1902 
and was given his degree of Doctor 
of Medicine. He spent one year 
at Christ hospital as an interne 
and another year at the Wichita 
Hospital, Wichita, Kans., where 
thev were a little more liberal with 
their remuneration. 


eral cases for surgery and whs call- 
ed in consultation many times dur- 
ing the first two months That 
year he visited the Eastern clinics 
at Washington,!). ('., Philadelphia, 
New York, and John Hopkins Hos- 
pit il at Baltimore, where he saw 
operations performed and received 
much data of great profit to his 
profession. In 1906 he made his 
first visit to the Mayo Clinic for 
study and haj> been there every two 
or three years since. The next 
year in 1907 he moved his office 
to 17 K. Ninth St.. where he also 
lived. That year he became Gy- 
necologist nt St. Mary's hospital 
and also began as general surgeon 
on the staff. In 1914 he was cli- 
nician at the General Hospital and 
surgical instructor on faculty of 
the Ohio Meiheal College. 

He entered the service of the 
Government on May 7, 1917. just, a 
little over a month after war was 
de dared and by reason of his ex- 
perience and prestige was com- 
missioned a captain. He remained 
in service seventeen months Be- 
fore going over seas he spent some 
time at Camp Sherman, and his 
next service was eight months at 

Hase Hospital .No. 2i> at Allerey. 
France. - The last two months of 
~this time he was chief surgecn at 
this hospital that cared for be- 
tween 1500 and 2.000 patients, most 
of which were surgical cases. He 
was in the St. Mihiel sector until 
after the signing if the Armistice 
and a few months later he was 
mustered out at Camp Dix on Feb- 
ruary 27, 1919. 

When he went to the army he 
gave up everything, including a 
very lucrative practice and on his 
return it was like starting all over 
again. At this timt 1 he opened 
up offices* in the Groton Bldg.. 7th 
and Race, where he is now located. 
Soon after he was made a member 
of the staff on the Seton hospital 
that was later merged with the 
Good Samaritan. Former patients 
and frien is were son:; seeking his 
services, and as was said before 
he is recognized as a leader in the 
surgical treatment of hernia and 
most proficient in all other surgical 
cases. He |>erformed over one 
thousand cases altogether. In 1919 
he became a .member of the staff 
of the Bethesda hospital and the 
next year he was taken in on the 
staff of the Deaconess Hospital 
In 1927 he was made a member of 
the staff of the Booth Memorial 
Hospital of Covington and last year 
was made consulting surgeon of 
the Whitlatch Clinic at Milan, Ind. 

He has the extreme distinction 
of a fellowship in the American 
College of Surgeons, and was pres- 
ent at the organization of this col- 
lege at Washington in 1912. He 
is affiliated with the county, state 
and national associations under the 
head of the American Medical As- 
sociation. He was president of the 
Cincinnati Academy of Medicine in 
1910 and served as an officer in 
various capacities for eight years, 
being secretary for three years. 
Dr. Souther is a member of the 
Ohio Valley Medical Sociaty, West- 
ern SurgicBl Association, and Clin- 
ical Congress of Surgeons of North 
America. They say that "a 
prophet is not without honor save 
in his own country etc," but prob- 
ably the greatest tribute that has 
ever been paid to Dr. Souther is 
that he has operated on literally 
hundreds of people in Boone>-those 
he was raised with, went to school 
with, and who in all probability 
stood higher in their classes, could 
nut-run and out-wrestle him and 
were his auperipr in all boyish 

In David Bruce Wallace of. Wal- 
ton, Kentucky we find a capitalist 
whose interests are varied and 
whose career has been colored with 
many great accomplishments. As 
a banker for many years he wield- 
ed great influence and is today one 
of Boone County's most outstand- 
ing figures in farming, commerce 
and- JjnanciaJ circles. He was 
born on December 23, 1859 at Cin- 
cinnati, the son of William R. and 
Mary Job Wallace of that place. 
The father was a native of Scot- 
land and his mother was of Irish 

At the age of ten young David 
Bruce started work in the" printing 
office of the old Cincinnati Gazette 
and at the extremely youthful age 
of - fourteen was a full fledged 
printer earning the regular wage 
of two dollars per day for such 
work. Two years later he started 
a Job Printing Shop of his own lo- 
cated on Sixth street to which he 
devoted every ounce of his energy 
for the next five years much to the 
detriment of M* health. To re- 
gain his strength he decided to take 
a vacation in the form of floating 
down the Ohio river on a house 
boat hunting and fishing for ■ 
pastime ami picking up an oeea- 
sional piece of printing that he 
turned out on a Bmall job press 
installed on the boat. 

At Warsaw, Kentucky he was 
prevailed upon to stay there, and 
start a newspaper which he accom- 
plished in May 1880. Though but 
twenty-one years old at that tim" 
he soon had the respect and confi- 
dence of the whole community thru 
his unswerving determinalion to be 
fair to all regardless of creed or 
nolitrics. This same policy has 
been carried out during these last 
fifty years of his life and proba'ily 
is a main reason for his many suc- 

Mr. Wallace has been marrie 1 
iwice. his first wife being Juliu 
Marshall whom he married in 1890. 
To this union one son was born. 
Edwin Bruce, who recently married 
I-ouellen Williams. Edwin is in 
the electrical business at Walton 
and will soon move into a beautiful 
new home erected by his father as 
a wedding gift. The second wife 
of Dnvid Bruce Wallace is Marv 
Mntt i er wh n m ho m a rried i n 1902 , 

which he was connected thirty- 
( ight years. He was president o: 
the Kentucky Press Association in 


He was a delegate to the Nation- 
al Republican Convention that nom- 
inated Benj. Hai-ison for presi- 
dent; was the MciXinley presiden- 
tial elector when Kentucky gave 


McKinley and Hobart its electora. 
vote. Mr. Wallace was also elec- 
tor in the Sixth Congressional Dis- 
trict for Roosevelt and Fairbanks 
and was the Republican candidate 
lor Congress in the Sixth District 
o. Kentucky in the Taft Campaigr. 
of 1912 and ran over 2,00(1 aheaTi 
of the ticket. This latter state- 
ment shows in a small measure 
the high esteem in which he U 
held throughout northern. Kentucky. 

Mr. Wallace was president of the 
Equitable Bank and Trust Co. at 
Walton, begirning with this insti- 
tution as crahier in 1907 when i- 
w-as established and remaining with 
it eighteen years. He has exten- 
sive holdings ip Florida and owns 
about five hundred acres of farrr. 
land in Kentucky. 

Mr. Wallace is affiliated with the 
Royal Arch Chapter F. and A. M. 
a member of the I. O. O. F., East- 
ern Star. K. of P. a"d Heralds of 
Liberty. As before stated. David 
Bruce Wallace has made a phe- 
nominal success, and in this posi- 
t i on it c o n s t a nt l y h w ing c al l wl upor. 
to assist in diverse enterprise's >ind 
charities. »» This he never fails U 
do if the cause is worthlv and th f 
betterment and upbuilding of. the 
county the obiect. 


The great grandfather of these 
two brothers was John Souther who 
/harried a girl by the- name of W»l- 
hoit. This ancestor was burn in 
Virginia and he dud in IKtiti at the 
age of eighty-four. They hod ten 
children who grew up to marry. 
The mother of Charles and Chester 
Souther. Rosa Ashby was lorn on 
September 10, 1M7 and died July 
49, 1929. Her father was a doctor, 
dying a! the comparatively early 
age of thirty-five from an infec- 
tion received in his profession. 

U i will now tnki- up "in a brief 
way the lives and accomplishments 
of the twin Mibjciis ,,: this sketch. 
Chester Arthur Souther started his 
life work as a bookkeeper at the 
age of sixteen with the old Ham- 
mond Typewriter Co. in Cincinnati 
at a wage of $2d.0o per month. To 
get as varied an experience as pos- 
sible and to more or less find him- 
self for his work he made several 
changes during the next few years; 
first with the Bradstreet Commer- 
cial Agency, then with the Amer- 
ican . Kxpress Co.. Davis Carriage 
Co., Dash and Carriage Goods Co., 
and later with the American Oak 
I/eather Co., where he served as 
pay master. After submitting a 
cost accounting system as a test 
of his accounting ability he eceeJJt- 
ed a position with the American 
Audit Co.. and became secretary 
of it shortly thereafter. This was 
about 1909. Mr. Souther had 
charge of the audit of Fayette 
County, Ky, covering a period of 
five years, and requiring the serv- 
ices of four men five months to 
complete. Some idea of the scope 
of this audit can be gained when 
it is known that six hours of con- 
secutive reading was necessary in 
making the report to the Fiscal 
Court at I-exington. 

Shortly after this Chester entered 
business for himself as a certified 
public accountant. While in busi- 
ness for himself he was sent to 
* Flint, Mich., to make a special in- 
vestigation of the Chevrolet Motor 
Co., and while on this work met 
William C. Durant, the president of 
the Chevrolet Motor Co. Mr. Dur- 
ant was so impressed with his work 
that he gave him the job devising 
and installing a complete account- 
ing system for all Chevrolet plants 

She is the daughter of John D. 
and Lydia Mottier, 

Mr. Wallace started his business 
career in the printinir and mews- 
paper publishing business, with 

The Petersburg Christian 

Nestled beneath the beautful. 
wide spreading maples, stands this 
little Brown church in the vale, 
whose clear ringing bell has for 


almost a century called the folks 
of the village to worship on the 
Sabbath Day. 

In 1826 or '27 Alexander Camp- 
bell coming from Virginia on horse 
back, blazing the trail with his 
preaching of the Gospel, here on 
the banks of the beautiful Ohio 
river, he organized this church 

In 1840 the present building was 
erected, over the large doors that 
leads to the altar, where many 
vows have been plighted, many sad 
•farewells taken, is the unique tab- 
let bearing this inscription: 
The Christian Meeting House, 
Built in A. D. 1840. 
Ijords Prayer. 

"I pray that they all may be 
one;' That the world may be- 
lieve that thou hast sent me." 

St. John 17; 21st V. 
There has been many noted de- 
vines of the Brotherhood who spoke 
from this pulpit, but space doesn't 
permit their enumeration. How- 
ever, let us say that Edgar DeWitt 
— ^— — — ^ — ^^^ 

games and contests. On Decem- 
ber 29, 1924 Dr. Souther was unit- 
ed in marriage with Emma Cook. 
Thev. reside in a beautiful home at 
3817 Winding Way, Avondale. 


M. E. Church 

Founded 1850 

The above inscription is over th«- 
door of the oldest church in the 
little town of Petersburg. 

The sweet toned bell contains 
forty percent of silver, an i ha.» 
called many of our older citizens 
to worship, lo these maay years. 

A few years since it was the 
leading church in membershi-i and 
activities, but owing tn the deaths 
and a number of the members of 
the church moving away the mem- 
bership is not at present what it 
has been in rrany vears. 

This church has the distinction o1 
having had the only lady evanjrVlist, 
Miss Mollie Merriman. who held ■ 
series of meetings for Mbn 1H94. 

Jones, of Detroit, Mich.. considered 
one of the twelve greatest preirh- 
ers of the world and Milo Atkin- 
son of San Diego, Cal.. a very able 
man also one of the finest of the 
brotherhood, received their trtin- 
ing in this pulpit, and met their 
wives in this community. 


Judge John M. Lassing 

John Maurice Lassing. eldest son 
■ of Dr. H. C. and Anna K. Lassing. 
was born at Elm Tree near Union 
in 18W. He received hi.s elemen- 
tary education iir the common 
schools of Boone County and his 
at Central Gni- 

Caines Family 

Walton Baptist Church Wm. Marshall Whit son Martin Perry Barlow 

collate course at » 
versity, Richmond, Kentucky, from 
which he graduated in 1S8H. For 
»e next two yearn he taught 
school and studied law in his spare 
time under Fountain Riddell. an 
eminent lawyer pricticin* at Bur- 


lington. To complete this study 
he entered the "Cincinnati Law 
School in 1889 finishing the regular 
two year course in one year grad- 
uating wjth the class of *18!M> rank- 
ing seventh among a total of ninety 
students. He, at once entered the 
practice of law ir Burlington and 
became actively identified with 
Democratic politics in Koone Coun- 
ty and the Sixth Congregational 

In 1R91 he was elected to the of- 
fice of County Attorney which po- 

From early historical Virginia" 
ancestry, in the latter part of the 
eeventeanth century, came our 
Boone County (Jameses. First, 
Sir George Hollowed later by two 
brothers— (.'apt. William M. und 
I huivhiil) to Burlington; ana a 
first cousin, Abner, to Walton, 
which place was named by him lor 
a laithful eaapenter, Walton, who 
built his first log dwelling. 

We can imagine for these and 
other early .-fillers their laborious 
JT« thrilling trip m covered wag- 
o t, across the rough, uncultivated 
country, braving the Indians and 
many dangers, u» pave the way for 
>.< viiupnienu tp lollow; foi-u-.-ing. 
a: last, the "OW Kentucky Home," 
when queena ami real hquaewives, 
our mothers, supreme and 
Wei* the link., own 'powers iH-hind 
the throne," 

Our niuthers should occupy next to 
our Lord, 
-\ throne, p*rha{M at his feet. 
And we, thoughtless children, by 
act and by word 
Should revere and press toward 

that Seat. 
Aimer (Ciiiiesl and Elizabeth 
Mathews (Cnines) were the rar- 
eati »t eight children: Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Hubbell; Arch an I James M. 
of Walton. Kichwood and Coving- 
ton; senator John P., United States 
war \eteran and prisoner in the 
war with Mexico, elected to Con- 
gress in 1849 from Boone County, 
and governor of Oregon; Major A. 
W. Gaines of Arkansas and New 
Orleans, husband of Nancy Ann 
Daniel of Danville. Kentucky, of 
ficer in the L'nited States war with 
Mexico, father of Mrs. Sue Burke, 
who in 1881 was the founder of 
the New Orleans Time* Democrat 
and the inspirer nf some of its hes' 
deeds She was also the mother 
of Lindaay Burke, the young man 
who, with three other Amatican 
hoys, so heroically stood at his 
nosi^ m the service of Belgium, in 
the Congo Free State, and was 
killed; Mrs. Mildred Davis and Ben 
jam in P. Gaines of Chicol County, 
Arkansas; and Mr. William Gaines 
of lint Springs. Arkansas, who died 
it ninety-seven years of age. aa 
■rtlve business man mnst ..f life • 
and known in his old age for hi- 
extreme ge n tleness ard kindness 
son. dame- M., ua! , the fa- 

T ( iV\ i rtI+ i -3* {fHlfH 1 " * w fn r 'i 1 - 

efnnd sioc-kraiser of Koone Count- 
ty. who- flurried Susan Randolph 
Harrison, daughter of Rev. 3. C. 
Harrison. To them were given 
William T.. Joseph C. of Chatta 
nooga. George T of Ariz., -a. 
•lames St of Jacksonville. Florida;' 
Mr*. I!. F. Bedinger. Mr-. Mamie 
<i. Bellinger and Mr- Geatofl Gar- 
' er of Rome, (oorgia 


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The First Baptist Church at 
Walton wa sorganized about I'fUM 
m a school house on the Beaver 
Mcfe road at the fork under Rev. 
German a- pasrtor. The- site .if the 
1 Id church was where the irtmrtTfy 
now stands on Church street. In 
1912 the property tor the new 
church was purchased and one jeirr 
later the work began or the struc- 
ture totaling a Mat of $18,(881 
when it was completed. The Wal- 
ton Lodge of Masons laid the cor- 
neratone which is dated 1918 and m 
which w-i.s place I a fist of the 
church m.-irhership, coins, a Boone 
County Recorder, a Cincinnati 
Times Star, a Baptist Western Re- 
corder and a brief history of the 
church and a silver masonic square. 
Rev. W. H. McMilli&n was pastor 
of the church at tbjat time. The 
church was dedicated November 1, 
1914 and more than enough money 
was subsciLied that day to cancel 
the debt. 

The present pastor of the church 
i" C K. Brown, who was called 
;n April P.I28 from Falmouth. The 
I ie<,-nt U.ard «»f deacons an. E I. 
Aylor, I». K. Johnoon, Ges.rge W 
Sleet. J. B. O'Neil, Ed Hankm-on. 
L. F. Chapmiirf. J. R. Feagan. R. 
K Kyle, T. W. Jone*. John Myers. 
.S, H Met artt and W-. U.-|g..- 

The DaStOrl «ho served the 
•hunh: R.-\. L. John-on gave ser- 
vile- free fur the first five rears 
•hen th" church was built Rev, 
forma, L. Johnson. Jan.- Riley, 
Fisher, T. I . Betas, George Hill, 
Andrews, Stewart. H. ('. Wayman 
McMillan ajid Rev, « K. grown 

Though modest und unassuming 
in his contact with friends and 
neighbors William M. Whitson ie 
one of the most prominent men in 
Boone County and a leader in so- 
cial, civic and business enterprises 
at Verona. 

Mr. Whitson was born October 
20. 18G.I in the Verona precinct, 
the son of J. T. and Sophia Dud- 
geon Whitson. At the age of three 
his part-in-, moved to Gallatin Co., 
where he remained until reaching 
the age of eighteen when they re- 
turned to Verona. He attended 
the school at Verona under the tu- 
telage of Miss Nannie Hamilton, 
conductor of a famous aristocratic 
school. He also spent one year 
at Georgetown College. * 

tine year after leaving school 
he »a- united in marriage with 
Mattu Hav Hudson on November 
'■i, 188ft. She jj. 4jie daughter of 

N <l and Ellen Hope Gass Hudson 

long tune i.-uleiits of Boon,- Coun- 
ty After their marriage this 
couple lived three year- in Galla- 
tin Co unty , then moving to their 
pre.-cnt firm of two hundred twen- 
ty- four acres in 1890. This farm 
was the ancestral home and birth- 
place of Mis. Whitson. Exten- 
sive general farming operations are 
carried on here by Mr Whitson, 
whose up-to-date methods have 
made bun mo-i successful. 

Mr and Mrs. Whitson have five 
children: Kilen Hopa, who married 

D. lies- Vest, they have one child 
Helen Dudley, aged thirteen; Mary 
lto-.e, the wife of J. L. Hamiltor, 
who have two children, Fred and 
Robert, aged thirteen and eleven 
respectively; James Harvey, plant 
engineer of the Murray Bo iy Co., 
married Frances Danzig of Detroit 
where they now reside and have 
one daughter, Constance, aged 
throe month-.. Alice E. married 
Harry Chapman and they have two 
children, James aged ten and Rose 
Kllen, seven; William. Jr., married 
Noia Eskridge, a former Boone 
County girl. This son resides in 
Detroit also, and is a salesman for 
Kxide Battery Co. 

For thirty seven years Mr. Whit- 
son hn* bi-en clerk of the New 
Bethel Baptist Church and »* an 
active and zeah>us worker in In- 
half of t hut cm gregation. He ha- 
!>een a deacon of that church for 
20 years He has been president 
of the Verona Bank since its in 
leption ami has been mainly re 
sponsible for it s m any successful 
and— pm-perou- years. He w.i- 
-ecretary of th,. Inrn! school board 
for sixteen years, declining the po 
sitlon In 1930. He III- lie. ei -ought 
elective political office. 

l£ is t.niial of the whole Whit- 
son family to be honesl and 

The subject of this sketch, Mar- 
tin l'erry Barlow, is one of the 
best loved and most looked-up-to 
members of this community. Al- 
ways ready to aid in any way for 
any worthy cause and a firm be- 
liever in right living. He is the 
son of William Henry jind Susan 
Tanner Barlow and was born in 
Boone County, near Fierence, Ky., 
on the 31st day of January, lHii'.i. 
He is a most successful farmer 
and is now living on the same farm 
where his great grandfather set- 

MK. AND MRS. M. P. II Utl.ow 

tied on Gunpowder Creek when 
they came here from Virginia about 
I80*i. His great grandparents on 
his mother's side came to this state 
from Pennsylvania. 
» If being a native of any state 
necessitates long residence for a 
family. Mr. Barlow could surely be 
called one of Kentucky's native 
sons. He was married on the 
30th day of August 1893 to Rosa 
Ella Snyder, also a native of Boone 
County and descended from an old" 
family. They have two children; 


sition he held for the three-yea i 
term fixed under the new constitu- 
tion. At the expiration of this 
term he was reelected in 'H4 and 
held this office until the death of 
John W. Green, Circuit Judge in 
this District when Mr. Lassirg was 
appointed Circuit Judge resigning 
the office of Qjjunty Attorney. He 
was elected to this office by the 
people at the 'November election 
following his appointment and at 
the expiration of this term was 



reelected. Judge Lassing held this 
office until Judge Thomas H. Payn- 
ter. who represented this district 

on the Appellate Court Bench, was 
elected to the United States Senate 
creating a vacancy on the Appel- 
late Court from this district. 
Judge Lassing was appointed to 
fill that vacancy and held under 
this appointment until the next 
regular election when he was nom- 
inated by the Democratic party 
and elected for the remainder of 
that term when he was again nom- 
inated and elected for a full term. 
He held this office until impaired 
health caused him <o resign. 

He held each nfi-he above men- 
tioned offices approximately sev- 
en years, thus giving him twentv- 
one years of public service along 
the lines of his chosen profession. 
His political record is nniqfle and 
perhaps without parallel having 
been twice elected to each of three 
offices and having voluntarily re- 
signed each. 

Shortly after locating in Bur- 
lington Judge Lassing married Mi- 
ry Lillard Brady, ynnngest daugh- 
ter of Robert A. and Susan Bradv. 
They have three sons. Warren ami 
Robert who are located in Florida 
and John Jr. who resides in Bur- 
lington. All three of the sons 
are married. The Judge his two 


grandchildren— June, daughter of 
Robert and Jennie May, and Mary 
Etna, daughter of John Jr. and 

Judge Lassing was. for many 
years, quite active in State politics 
having charge of Democratic Head- 
quarters with Gov. McCreary in the 
marr.igeme.nt of the Beckinan- 
Yerkes campaign which was per- 
haps the most hotly contested of all 
Kentucky gubernatorial cam|paign*. 
He likewise managed the success- 
ful campaigns of Gov. McCreary 
in his race for the United States 
Senate and later Che campaign of 
Judge Psynterfor that same office. 
It has been said of Judge Lassing 
that, he never lost a fight where 
he was given exclusive control of 
its management. 

Since his retirement from the 
bench he has spent his winters in 
Florida and has ceased his political 
activitifs. He has devoted most 
of his time to improvement of the 
roads in Boone County and the net- 
work of federal and state high- 
ways being laid out in this county 
sland as a testimonial to his abil- 
ity alorg those lines. 

straight-forward in every respect. 
Probably the most of these traits 
have descended from the grandfa- 

- ther. A. D. Whitson, who wai born 
about 1812 and died in 1875. A. 
I), was a fanner and a dealer in 
tobacco and live stock. He redried 
his own tobacco, packing it in hogs- 
heads whan it was shipped to Cin- 
cinnati and sold over the "brake*." 
The stock that he purchased must 
necessarily have been driven on 
foot to Cincinnati because of the 
lack of shipping facilities. The 
son of A. D„ J. T. Whitson was 
the father of both 0. K. and Wil- 
liam M. Whitson. and after the 
death of A. D. his non took over 
the business and both of these men 
lin I the name. of "square dealing" 

_ which has been handed down to 
the present generation. 

As near as cTrh be found out 
from the records, the Whitson fnm- 
ily on both sides came to Rome 
County from Harrison County and 
the Revolutionary War. 

The greatest pleasure in the life 
of Mr. Whitsnn is looking over the 
fertile and rolling fields and pas-, 
tures of his farnv Honesty is 

his motto and straight forward 


one bog and one girl, Harry Mark 
and Rosa Mae both of whom arc 
married, the daughter now being 
Mis. A. .1. Kenaker who resides 
at Florence. Ky The son is fol- 
lowing his father- f.M.tsteps by op- 
erating a farm near Waterlm. Mr. 
Barlow is a pronment and active 
member of the Hopeful Lutheran 
Church and is most interested in an 
civic affairs pertaining to the good 
of the County. 

William B. Rogers 

In his connection as president 
of the Citizens Deposit Bank at 
Grant, as a deacon in the Belle- 
view Baptist Church and as one 
of the progressive farmers in 
Boone County William Birnett 
Rogers is looked upon'Tiy all who 
know him as a man of sterling 
worth ard upright character. 

He was born July lit, 1878 near 
Belleview the son of .lames and 
Laurn Rogers, natives of this sec- 
tion anil decendents of old pioneer 
stock. Ho is married to Luella 
Garnott Scott and they have tlfree 
children. I^urn (Mrs. John Clore), 
Marian and W. B. Rogers Jr. 

dealing always assured. Mr. Whit- 
son is frequently called upon for 
contributions for many causes, and 
he never refuses if the trust is 
worthy and the upbuilding of his 
community or county the object. 

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M vs Lillian Bristow 


Anyone who ever has visited the 
Union Deposit Bank never will for- 
get the wholesomeneas and pleasing 
personality of its assistant cashier. 
Miss Lillian Bristow, who has en- 
deared herself to the hearts of all 
who know her. Miss Bristow was 
born ni'iir Union July 31, 1894, the 
daufchter of Napolean and Annie 
Anderson Bristow. Her father died 
in 1926 and her mother makes her 
home at Union. . Miss Lillian has 
two sisters, Mrs. Louise Adams of 
Covington and Suu Kathryn Bris- 
tow and one brother, Sandford, both 
«l the latter residing at home. 

Lillian Bristow waa a member of 
the first graduating class of Union 
High School in 1914. Four years 
later .the entered upon her duties 
«i th«- abo v e named bank where, 
as we -aid before, she holds the 
position ol' assistant cashier, .-he 
is an active member ot the Bap- 
tist church and belongs to the Bris- 
tow < hapter U. K. S. at Erlanger. 
This chapter was named after one 
of her relatives. Lillian Bristow's 
patetnal great grandfather, Uen. Stephens came to this sec- 
tion from Virginia. He was a big 
land owner, and wast commissioned 
a gem-mi lighting with Washing- 
ton during the Revolutionary War. 

Not long after the birth of in- 
dependence in this country, the 
French <«•«. LafnyrMe paid a visit 
to the Middle West and by his 
choosing was entertained at the 
home of Crt-n. Stephens al Locust 
Grove, stopping there- on his trav- 
els from Lexington to Cincinnati. 
Lillian* grandfather, Kris- 
tow, ii an led Statira Stephens, a 
daughter of this above mentioned 
personage. Lillian's father came 
to Boone County shortly after his 
marriage where he operated a farm 
now owned by his heirs. Lillian's 
maternal grandfather. Ben An lei 
son. married Mary Ilucy, who came 
here from Missouri prior Iff the 
('ixil War. Ben Anderson enlisted 
in the Confederate Army as a 
trouper under Gen. Morgan, Co. 1, 
Und Kei tucky Cavalry, and liecame 
his favorite soldier. Lillian's moth- 
er was born near Union on October 
.-_', IKl'i? 

Jesse L. Hamilton 



Under the name of N. B. Ham- 
ilton and Son, Jesse L. Hamilton 
operates a general store at Verona, 
one of the oldest businesses in 
Boone County. He is in the un- 
dertaking business for himself at 
that place with a splendid equip- 
ment containing all the necessary 
devices to carry on such an es- 
tablishment. He is a graduate of 
the Cincinnati College of Embalm- 
ing and has a Kentucky license as 
both embalmer and undertaker. 
His father purchased the building 
in which the store is located in 
187ft, but he operated a store there 
prior to that time The old store 
building was used for a number of 
years as a school conducted by the 
much loved Nannie B. Hamilton. 

Jesse L. Hamilton waa born in 
Verona on March 31, 1893, the son 
of N. B. and Elizabeth Hudson 
Hamilton. His father was born 
on January 14, 1850 and died De- 
cember 15, 1927. His mother was 
born on May 12. 1862, is still liv- 
ing and makes her home at Verona. 
The maternal grandfather of Mr. 
Hamilton was Benj. F. Hudson, 
who lived at St. Albans, W. Va., 
then called Coles Mouth. The fa- 
ther of Benj. Hudson was Samuel 

The Petersburg Baptist 

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Welcome—is the inscription that 
meets the eye"when passing by this 
little church on the corner of one 
of our main streets. ^""V' 

This church was organized in^ 
1914 with only eleven members, 
in 1916 these few decided to build 
a house for the worship of God, so 
•very man and women went to work. 
Today they have 193 members, 
preaching every Lord's Day, with 
a large Sunday School and plenty 
of mid-week services for the young 
and old. 

Rev. R. C. McNeely, a Boone 
County boy, was the first pastor, 
with Mr. C. S. Lucas, another fine 

The Dempsey Motor Car Com- 
pany at Erlanger was organized on 
September 1, 1921 and since that 
time have kept the faith with the 
public and are today recognized as 
leaders in their field with the full 
confidence of the public. They 
hold the agency in this territory 
for the Chevrolet and Studebaker 
automobiles besides operating a 
general garage with parts and au- 
tomotive supplies of all kinds in 
stock. The President is F. V. 
Dempsey with A. B. Rouse Vice 
President and Robert W. Gaines 
Secretary and Treasurer. 

Frank W. Denvpsey was born In 
California the son of Grant end 
Nellie Blyth Dempsey who were 
natives of Boone county. Mr. 
Dempsey married Laura Frances 
Riddell and they have two children, 
Prank W. Jr. and Nancy Jane. 

Robert W. Gaines is a native of 
Boone County as were his parents, 
A. V. and Mary Carver Gaines. 
He was born November 13, 1892. 
He is married to Shirley Tolin, 
daughter of Senator Tolin of Bur- 
lington, and they have one child, 
Mary Sue,, born April 14, 1927. 

The biography of A. B. Rouse 
appears elsewhere in this issue. 


Hudson, who was also born in that 
section and there are many descen- 
dants of this family still making 
their home in that part of W\ Vir- 
giria. N. B. Hamilton was born 
in Verona and hi* father waa Car- 
ter Hamilton. 

On June 28, 1916 Mr Hamilton 
was married to Rose Whitson, who 
was born ofl April 12, l*!r2 the 
daughter of W. M. Whitson. They 
have two children, Fred and Rob- 
ert- srged thtrtrrn a nd eleve n year* 

Mr. Hamilton started the under- 
takirg business eighteen years ago 
and through his ability and per- 
sonality has built an enviable rep- 
utation for himself. When he first 
started in business he waa unable 
to do embalming himself as he 
was not yet twenty-one years of 
age. He is also the possessor of 
a diploma as a plastic surgeon. 

He is a member ot the Masonic 
Or er and the Junior Order of 
Amerciar. Mechanics. Mr. Hamil- 
ton is an ardent baseball fan and 
gets a great deal of pleasure during 
the season out of hunting! Mr. 
Hamilton is interested in his coun- 
ty and community and is ever ready 
and willirg to contribute and co- 
operate toward the upbuilding of 
thi* whole section. 



young man now doing the work. 
Such men as Dr. Herget, Hanson 
Ellis and Sleet have held meetings 
with great results. 

Florence Baptist Church 

The Klorence Baptist Church was 
organized some time before 1855. 
The old building was erected in 
1865. From the organization of 
the church to 1900 there have been 
no records preserved. In January 
1900. Rev. S. M. Adams and Dr. 
B. F. Swindler held a revival meet- 
ing. Several additions by letter' 
and one by baptism were the vis- 
ible results. 

In 1908 Rev. Vickers. assisted 
by Rev. G. W. Aragabrite, held a 
two weeks' meeting. At the close 
of this meeting, February, 1908, 
the church waa reorganized with 
thirteen members. 

The church being pastorless, in 
. May, IMt, the District Board (by 
the request of the Church) sent 
W. A. M. Wood. Field Worker, as 
Missionary Paster,- to labor with 
them, and assist in erecting the 
present building which was dedicat- 
ed to the glory of our lord, the 
fourth day of May, 1930. 



Dills Family 

Lewis H. DilTs was born Nov. 5, 
1824, near Cynthinna, Harrison Co. 
Ky., his father was Samuel Dills, 
who came to Kentucky from 
Pennsylvania, waa of ' Holland 
Dutch decent; he married Susan 
Veach, daughter of Thomas Veach, 
an Englishman, and a soldier in the 
war of 1812. 

Lewis H. Dills came to Boone Co. 
in 1817 and married Elizabeth M. 
Green the same year. She was a 
daughter of Nathaniel Green, also 
u soldier in the 'war of 1812, his 
wife being a Miss Del aney of Vir- 
ginia, lie was commonly known 
as Squire "Nat Green" having 
served the county as magistrate 
a number of years. 

Lewis H. Dills was a Charter Di- 
rector qf the Farmers and Traders 
Bank, Covington, now the First 
National. He was a Mason. He 
served the County of Boone as 
Clerk two terms, and one term as 
County Judge. 

Eunie Dills, his daughter, was 
bom March 26, 1858„<*nd married 
Thomas G. Willis June 21, 18 1«. 

She was a beautiful, winsome 
girl, possessing a character of loy- 
alty and fidelity to all of her du- 
ties, and a charity to all humankind 
which made her a woman of ex- 
treme influence for good in her 
home and her entire world. The 
playmates and friends of her chil- 
dren often said "we never can find 
as fault in your mother," and after 
all there is no greater tribute than 
such s truth, expressed by childfen. 

Jacob Showers 


This writer is sure that there is 
no -.-wan in this section of Kentucky 
who had a wider acquaintance with 
the leading characters of his day 
than Jacob Showers, who has been 
a respected home owner in Verona 
for nearly sixty years and a per- 
nrinent resident of that town since 
1910 when he retired from active 
•duty- with- -the l a rge s t -hotel c o r. 
.poratiom in Cincinnati. „ 

Jacob Showers was born in Lou-.. 
isville on April 9, 1848 where he 
was reared, and where he attended 
the local schools of that day. 'At 
the age of twelve he entered the 
hotel business, which was to be- 
come his life-long occupation. His 
first position wae with the old 
Gait House at Louisville where he 
stayed from 1860 to 1866. 

He saw many stirring things 
around that famous old hotel dur- 
ing the days of the Civil War, and 
the one standing out most prom- 
inently in his mind was that of 
the duel in the dining room one 
Sunday morning in 1862, when. Gen. 
William Nelson wae killed by Gen. 
Jeff C. Davis. Both of these of- " 
fleers were members of the Federal 
Army and while it was never known 
for sure just what caused the trotr- 
ble, it was rumored that hot words 
and a lie was passed about some 
previous engagement nartkipated 
in by both of these officers. 

On leaving the Gait House Mr. 
Showers accepted a position with 
the Burnet House in Cincinnati, O., 
as Clerk where he stayed until 1869. 
In the meantime the old Gait House 
had burned down and a new one 
rebuilt and he was offered a posi- 
tion with this hotel and he accepted. 
Mr. Showers has autographs of the 
most famous actors and the most 
prominent people of that day and 
has menus of the old Burnet House 
in Cincinnati dated 1865, one for 
Thanksgiving and the other for 
Christmas. In connection with 
this, the writer brings to mind 
something perhaps few people 
know or remember. After the 
death of Lincoln of course the pres- 
idency was taken over by Vice 
President Johnston. For some 
unknown reason Ptes. Johnston 
neglected to designate a day for 
Thanksgiving until it was too late 
to announce the special day at the 
customary time. Thanksgiving 
Day that year was officially set for 
December 7th. and aa we stated 
before Mr. Showers has a menu 
ceMsssilng that event at the old 
Vffnet House in Cincinnati. 

Mr. Showers stayed at the Gait 
House in- Louisville until 1877 when 
he was brought to Cincinnati to 

Holly Ruf us Forkner is and baa 
been the county agricultural agent 
for Boone County during the past 
several years. In this time he 
has made an enviable name for 
himself among the fanners with 
whom he has come in contact, not 
alone because of his ability but 
because of his willingness to go 
out of his way in answering the 
needs ot those who call upon him. 
Mr. Forkner was born in Clark 
County on May 15, 1904, the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Fork- 
ner who reside on Route 3, Win- 
ahester, Ky. V 

He was united in marriage With 
Elizabeth Poer. They have one 
daughter, Betty Jean Forkner. Mr. 
Forkner received his elementary 
education in the local public schools 
where he was born, finishing at the 
University of Kentucky from which 
he graduated. 

One of the greatest tributes to 
his work in Boone County might 
be expressed thusly. Wherein 
other counties are discontinuing 
their agricultural agents because of 
one reason and another the work 
done by Mr. Forkner has endeared 
him to every family in this section, 
and each year he is asked to re- 

assist in opening the Emery Hotel. 
He left this hotel in 1880 to ac- 
cept a position as day clerk at the 
Grand Hotel, one of the finest of-, 
its day and the best hotel in Cin- \ 
cinnati at that time. In 1010 when 
he retired to his beautful home in 
Verona, Mr. Showers held the 
trusted office of secretary and 
treasurer of the Grand and Gibson 
Hotel Corporations. 

In 1875 Jacob Showers was as- 
sistant secretary and treasurer of 
the Louisville Jockey Club at the 
time it was organized and waa a 
factor in the building of Church- 
hill Downs. M. Lewis Clark, Pres- 
ident; Major John W. Throckmor- 
ton, Treasurer; Col. Wm. Murphy, 

In 1873 Mr. Showers married 
Mary Qualy of Boone County. This 
couple have spent fifty-seven happy 
years together and their many 
friends throughout the country 
wish them many more to come. 
They have one son and one daugh- 
ter — Elmer C. who is a druggist at 
Falmouth, and Catherine, the wife 
of O. K. Whitson, cashier of the 
Verona Bank. 

Nance Elizabeth Hamilton 

Nance Elizabeth Hamilton had 
more to do with the advancement 
of moral and mental education in 
the Verona section than any other 
person, and if there be any of the 
finer thoughts in the minds of the 
citizens of that community it is 
probably because of the influence 
for good given out by this lady 
whose memory is honored and rev- 
ered second to none in the com- 
munity. She was the daughter of 
Carter B. and Elizabeth Current 
Hamilton and was born June 20, 
1844. She passed away on March 
' 14. 1927. 

She began the teaching of school 
in ,1858, teaching sixty-five years 
altogether, fifty-five years of which 
time was spent in Boone county. 
In some families she taught three 
generations, and there's hardly a 
person in the Verona precinct, other 
than children, but who attended her 
private school at one time or anoth- 
er. She was the founder of the 
League Institute at Verona. She 
was a graduate of the Hillsboro 
(O.) Female College. 

Shelby Lytle Cowen 

Shelby Lytle Cowen resides at 
1644 So. W. Ninth-st.. Miami, FU., 
and is the owner of a roofing com- 
pany going under the name of the 
Cowen Roofing Co. of Miami. Mr. 
Cowen was bom in Burlington on 
April 1, 1888. the son of Thomas 
Owen and Sally Rich Cowen. His 
father resides at Memphis, Tenn., 
and his mother is deceased. In 
1925 Mr. Cowen was united in mar- 
riage with Edna May Wood, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Brink 
of Chicago. They have no children. 
Mr. Cowen is a 32nd degree Mason 
and a member of the Shrine. 

Though away from Boone County 
twenty-three years, his love for his 
home county is as strong a*, the 
day he went away, and there are 
none here in the county, or among 
those . who have moved away, who 
are more ready to aid f»Khe °P" 
building of this section than the 
subject of this all too brief sketch. 

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Elijah Stephens 

Elijah Stephens resides si Bur- 
lington, whererhe is in the service 
of Uncle San), as a carrier of rural 
mail, having held this position tor 
years. He" was born mar Hath- 
away on November 3, 188.., the son 
of James H. and Joanna Kyle Ste- 
phens, both of whom are dead. 

On August 4, 1910 he was united 
in marriage with Grace Anderson, 
daughter of Mr. and Mr.-. W. E. 
Anderson of Limaburg. They have 
four children — James Edward, Wil- 
fred, Willard and Violet Rose. 
. Mr. Stephana is a member of the 
Masonic Lodge, Modern Woodmen 
of America, and the R. N. A. He 
also was a member of the exec- 
utive board of the State Rural Let- 
ter Carriers Association for years, 
and served as locsl secretary for 13 

Mr. Stephens is prominently 
identified with the business and 
social life of his community 'and 
is looked up to by all who know 
him as a man of unquestionable 
honesty, with the highest ideals of 
character, ever ready to cooperate 
for the good of his county. He 
has been one of the leaders for each 
form of advancement. 

Roy C. Lutes 


Willis Flournoy Grant 


Benjamin Franklin Akin 


Roberts History 

Charles Carter Wilson 

Charles Carter Wilson, son of 
James A. and Jane K. Wilson was 
born nesr Rsbbit Hash, Msrch 2, 
1859 and departed this life Feb. 
19, 1930, aged 70 years, 11 months 
and 17 days. 

He was married to Jessie Steph- 
ens August 16, 1886 snd to this 
union four children were- born- 
three of whom died in infancy. 

Mr. Wilson was survived by his 
wife, Jessie Wilson, one son, James 
A. Wilson, two brothers, Robert M. 

Roy C. Lutes was born in Lee 
County on Feb. 23, 1895, the son of 
Simpson and Ann F. Lutes, com- 
ing to Boone County on April 14, 
1U19 and has rapidly assumed his 
place ss s leader in his commun- 

He attended" the local public 
schools at Union, Lee Co., later 
on getting his higher education at 
Berea College and Ohio Mechanics 
Institute. In June 21, 1918 he was 
united in marriage with Stella E. 
Thompson, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. L. C. Thompson of Primrose, 
Ky. They have five children — 
Jean Carolyn aged ten, Thomas 
Glenn aged eight, Marvin Richard 
aged six, Mary Evelyn aged three, 
and Barbara aged seven months, 
all born in Boone County. Mrs. 
Lutes is also a native of Lee coun- 
ty and a graduate of the Eastern 
Kentucky State Normal, class- of 
1914. She taught school in Lou- 
isville until her marriage. 

At the present time snd for the 
' past two years Mr. Lutes has been 
a faithful rural mail carrier on 
Route 1 from out of Florence snd 
was Postmaster st Florence 1924 
to 1928. The fsmily now reside on 
what is called the old Norman farm 
on Gunpowder Creek. Mr. Lutes 
is an influential citizen of the 
county, Interested in its growth *"d 
ready snd willing to contribute snd 
cooperate toward its upbuilding. 

Wilis F. Grsnt resides at Flor- 
ence after having retired from a 
strenuous life ss a successful farm- 
er for forty years, located on Gun- 
powder Creek near Gunpowder 
Baptist church on the farm of A. 
S. Crialer. He is a native of 
Boone County, himself having been 
born here on January 11, 1861, and 
is a decendant of une of the oldest 
families in the state of Kentucky. 

Benjamin Franklin Akin was 
born, on Woolper Creek, this coun- 
ty, on July 12, 1853, son of William 
snd Elisa Jarrell Akin, who are 

bo* ta-dfc^ «g ^^rj^r^Zmy ^ 

he wss united in marriage wim 

The* first family of Roberts' that 
came to Kentucky were William 
(Billy) Roberta snd family. They 
came from Virginia in the year of 
1814, locating at Verona, Ky. He 

Mary Elisabeth Schruck, a popular 
young lady of that time residing 
at Aberdeen, Ind. 

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Akin 
have five children. They are Paris, 

Their original 
Scotch-Irish; their religious belief 
was Baptist Thomas Roberta, 
son of William Roberts, cam* to 
Verona, Ky., Boone Co., wit* his 
father from Virginia. He wss a 
very smsll bey about six years of 

1 H .^renuVe^Frou^Wnii. SSS&SttSiSS' JS «£ Hewsi' born April 17. 1808. 
and Fannie Tupman Grant. His »• ««>* *"• "^ of Co« rt ne v WU- Thorn,, Roberts was married to 
mother wss thed.ughter of Thorn- ^*1«S2ZT E2SJ22 Msrg.ret Hin<* October 10. 1883. 

as G. Tupman, who was bom in 
Virginis in 1797 and migrated to 
Kentucky in a covered wsgon esrly 
in the last century. He located 
on Turkey Foot Road in Kenton Co. 
attaining considerable prominence 
in this section of the state, being 
elected a member of the Stats Leg- 
islature and also High Sheriff of 
Campbell County before the county 
of Kenton was formed. 

He was united in marriage with 
Missouri Amanda Crisler. They 
have no children. He is an active 
member of the I. 0. O. F. Lodge, 
is sn ardent baseball fan and never 
misses a chance to see trotting 
horse races. His years of activity 
entitle him now to take leisure he 
deserves, though he ia called upon 
many times to assist in all worthy 
community projects in which he is 
greatly interested 

J. E. Weaver 

Marion Irvin Baker 


Marion Irvin Baker was born at 
Limaburg, this county, on Septem- 
ber 23, 1877. His father and moth- 
er were the highly respected 

Mr. J. E. Weaver is a -.pros- 
perous and progressive .farm- 
er residing in the 4 Union precinct 
of Boone County. He was bom 
there on May U.J871, the son of 
Ephrelm W. snd Katharine Weaver. 

of the BullitUville neighborhood. 
Paris, the eldest son, is very prom- 
inent in educational circles in Ken- 
tucky and, as is his father, s self- 
made man. He is a Baptist min- 
ister at Winchester an J haa been 
principal and teacher in many- 
towns in the state during the \ est 
few years. Clyde is sn industrious 
farmer of the Idlewild neighbor- 
hood. Charlie is a popular barber 
at Petersburg, a World War vet- 
eran, having served with the 39th 
Division. He spent nine months 
in France, fighting in three bat- 
tles, Mihiel. Argonne'and Suisaon*. 
Hassl, a very attractive girl, re- 
mains at home with her parents. 

Mr. Akin has been a member 
of the Odd Fellows Lodge over 
thirty years and has tiken an ac- 
tive part in that organisation. He 
is noted ss a lover of fox hunting, 
and is one of the most ardent base- 
ball fans la the county. 

Storting with nothing as a young 
man, he haa accumulated a com 
fortoble living by hard work and 
honesty. He Is popular with all 
who know him snd is looked up to 
in his community as a man of ster- 
ling character. 

au« Samuel C. snd several nieces «^ ''^^ sry Baker, ddtime In Sept «. 1906 ha — unitod in 
".."K^ $ rJT,. h ' S Eft SEtTS SF2S and state, marriage, with Ell. Adams._ daugh- 

At the age of seventeen years he 
became a member of the Universal- 
is church and while not a mesaber 
at the time of his death he remain- 
ed steadfast to this early confes- 
sion through life. 
5 "~Mr. Wilson wss greatly interest- 
ed in affairs of political importance 
etnd was well informed on all sub- 
jects of this nature, from those 
' pertaining to the government of 
isl district, which he 
as from 1914 to 1922, 
r greater import* ice in 
**Diirtng the last few years Mr. 
• Wilson wss totally blind, and while 
we consider this the most tragic 
affliction, we command his virtue 
in gracefully accepting his misfor- 
tune. Ha rarely referred to his 
disability and sst in darkness, re- 
ceiving much pleasure from con- 
iMssstssp with friends, the reading 
9 with* whWa.Jjie devoted wife snd 
son, so* faithfully entertained him 
and the radio, which he hsd enjoyed 
for several years 

Mr Wilson mainsUined business 
relations for five years in Aurora 
and ten y ea rs hi Laawrenoeburg, In- 
diana Returning to this commun- 
ity he has spent the remainder of 
his life on hie farm near Rabbit 
Hash, and in passing was missed 
by an extended circle of acquaint- 

Robert Mosby Wilson 

One of the stanohest Democrats 
sn Boone County is Robert M. Wil- 
son of Grant, who has voted* that 
ticket straight since his twenty- 
first birthday, never bolting his 
party for any cause whatsoever. 
He was out-spoken against woman 
suffrage because as he says, "Wo- 
men are not taxed for poH tax 
and they should help pay the ex- 
pense of running county affairs, 
to help build roads and schools." 

Mr. Wilson wss bom at Rabbit 
ffrcn, Ky., on May 1, 1867, the son 
of Hon. James C. and Jane K. Wil- 
son. He is a prosperous farmer, 
snd is known throughout the sec- 
tion as a livestock trader whose 
word is as good as his bond. For 
15 years he was a partner of the 
lat-PK A. Utx and R. H. Stevens. 
He was married in 1893 to Adah 
House of East Bend, Ky., He is 
sffiliatod with the Belleview Lodge 
No. 544 F. and A. M. and the East 
Bend Lodge No. 114, X. of P. 

Mr. Wilson- wss named after an 
old pioneer citisen of Petersburg 
by the. name of Robert Molby. 

The father of Mr. Wilson 'served 
two terms in Kentucky Legislature 
and his grandfather seven terms, 
a record of service to their state 
probably unequaled by any family 
in Kentucky. 

Marion Irvin Baker, or "Bud" as 
he is better known, has been s 
blacksmith for thirty-five years in 
the same spot where he now con- 
ducts his business, and he Uvea in 
the ssme house tn which he was 

On December 12, 1918 he was 
united in marriage with Maud Ful- 
lilove, a native of Erlanger, Ky 
and daughter of Mr. s>rd Mrs. Geo. 
Marion FullUove. Mr. Baker is 
a Mason and ha.- made hundreds 
of friends throughout northern 
Kentucky because of his integrity 
of character and honesty of pur- 
pose. He is always found ready 
and willing to do his share toward 
the upbuilding of_ the whole sec- 

tor of the late Hamp. Adams of 
Big Bone. They have two chil- 
dren — Sarah H., born on Septem- 
ber 24. 1907, and Betty J., bom 
on Dec. 14, 1909. Mr. Weaver 
operates a small farm, carrying 

George Herbert Grant 


She was bom December 17, 1817. 
She was the daughter of William 

The children of Thomss Roberta 
and wife were six boys and two 
girls, namely: William Hinds, John 
Sam. Henry Clay. Robert Lewis, 
Mary Elisabeth. Daniel Brtone. 
Thos. Edward and Msrgsret Ruth 
Roberts. All the family of Thom- 
as Roberts' sre dead except one 
son Thomas EdwarT Roberts, who 
is located at Walton. Ky., Boone 
Co. He was born May 17 1850. 

Robert Lewis Roberts wss born 
st Verona, Ky., Boone Co., Dec. 
17. 1842. Died Dec. 18, 1913 
Robert Lewis Roberta married Sa- 
rah Elisa Allphin October 28 1884 
She was the daughter of B. B. 
Allphin, Sr, snd wss bora near 
Dir Bone Soringa, Boone Co., July 
2. 1847. She is now living on Mud 
Lick Creek, two and one-half mile!" 
south of Beaver Lick, Ky„ Boom- 

Bom to Robert I*wi» Roberts 
and wife two children, namely: 
Tom Benny, and Jim Bert Roberts. 
Jim Bert Roberta born January 17, 
1869, .died July 4. 1898 

Tom Benny Roberts wss bom st 
Verona. Ky., August 27. 1866. He 
lived with his grandfather, Thom- 
as Roberto, Sr., and went to the 
Verona School until he was about 
fifteen years of age. T. B Rob 
erts married Hope Robinson Mar. 
II, 1895. She was the daughter 
of Rirhsrd Robinson. She was 
bom April 27. 1880. 

The children of T. B. Roberts 

Samuel Calvert Wilson 

GRANT. KY. R. 1 

Except for two years before his 
imrnage George Herbert Grant 
haa been a farmer through his 
lifetime and now owns three dif- 
ferent farms where he raises gen- 
on general farming, in which he eral products, including stock and and wire are: Harry Baker, Jim 
hss been very successful. Mg». He resides on Rural R«ute Bert, Richard Lewis and Margaret 

Mr. Weaver is a public spirited One from Burlington. 

He w»s born-near Pnersnueg, 
September 21, 1879 the son of Ho- 
mer Herbert and Lucy Adelia Ter- 
rill Grant, the latter a Boone Co. 
girl. On October 26, 1904. Mr. 
Grant married Nell Kirtley Dun- 
can, the dsughter of Henry Clsy 
and Ella Kirtley Duncan. They 
have three children all st home, 
Bernice Duncan who graduated 
from Georgetown in 1925, Lucy Lee 
now in High School and Josephine 
Kirtley age ten. 

Mr. Grant is a member of the 

Bullittsburg Baptist church and sn 

citisen of the county and is recog- 
nised as a lea !er in all civic im- 
provements in his community. If 
the cause is worthy he never fails 
to do his share in contributing and 
cooperating for the advancement 
of community projects. 

Benjamin Jonas Crisler 


Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Jonas 
Crisler am the proprietors snd op- 
erators of the only hotel in Peters - 

Hsrry linker, and Richard Lewis 
Roberts are loc .ted la Detroit, 
Michigan. Mm Bert sn-1 Margaret 
Ruth Roberts sre located with their 
father snd mother. Mr. and Mrs. 
T. B. Roberts, two and one-half 
miles south of Besver Lick, Ky, 
on the Mud Lick Creek In ~ 

Carlos Canon 

Samuel C. Wilson of Grant, Ky., 
is a descendant on both sides from 
the earliest settlers of this county, 
the fsmily coming here from Vir- 
ginia shortly after the close of the 
Revolutionary War. His father 
represented this county in the Leg- 
islature at one time. 

Samuel C. Wilson was born in 
Boone County January 6, 1871, the 
son of James A. and JaneK. WHson 

b u 0r, ^' C ^ y >»" «*»?*£ srdent worker for that congreg. 
the past thirty-six J~». "™ n * tlon , nd . ro#mb#T of lh . Odd Fe>- 

the public ia a way that has never 
lost them customer or friend. 

Mr. CrssJer was bom in Boone 
County January 18, 1857, the son 
of Henry Price and Elixsbeth 
Oslne- Crisler. On June 14. 1877 
he wss united in marriage with 
Laura Aylor, daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. William - T. Aylor of Boone Co. 
From this time until 18S2 they re- 
sided on a farm, when he engaged 

lows Lodge. He Is a former di- 
rector of the Bank at Petersburg 
and extremely interested in the de- 
velopment and welfsre of the coun- 
ty, sfld always ready to contribute 
to that upbuilding. 

John W. Conley 


both of whom are dead. In l|*%Br Jrt the mercantile business at Pe- 
he waa married to Ida Hay wal- , k „.k-~ w. »mimM< two 

ton, who has since passed swsy. 
He hss two children, Robert H. snd 
Ida May. 

He is one of the lesding farmers 
in his community, ever ready to as- 
sist in the upbuSdfcsg of the camnty, 
greatly interested in furthering all 
enterprises toward the advancement 
of schools and the continuation of 
good roads. He is s member of 
the K. of P. snd . is interested in 
sll kinds of clean, wholesome 

tersburg where he remained two 

He was Police Judge of thst town 
for twelve years and was fair to all 
concerned. Though long past the 
age where most men lose interest 
in civic and business affairs, Mr 

Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Ceson 
aide on * beautiful farm situated SB 
Middle Creek snd Rock Spring 
Branch, 24 miles from the small 
town of Belleview and nesr the 
beautiful Middle Creek Cliffs. In 
the < uly days of the history of 
Boone County this section wss one 
of the moat important from s busi- 
ness standpoint in the whole coun- 
ty, there being a Baptist church, 
a cardrg mill, store, poetoffiee. 
shingle mill, two grist mills, ssw 
mill aM a distillery, all located 
in sight of this farm. 

Mr. Caeon waa bom near Bui 
tngton on September 13, 1876, the 
son b! Benjamin and Belle Robert* 
Cason. Ha attended the. locsl 
schools in that section and has 
spent the greater part of his life 
on s farm. Most of this was in 
Kentucky, Boone County, though 

The Conley family is one of the 

oldest in this section of Kentucky 

ss they came here shortly after 

the Revolutionary War and started 

fsrmtng on s tract of land near 

Walton after they had cleared off one yesr he spent in Ohio snd three 

the trees and wood groves. Land years in some northwestern states. 

was cheap at that time and the In 1916 he left the farm and 
Crisler is as ready to contribute ^^ mndfather of John W. Con- moved to Belleview where he was 
snd assist in worthy «WI as ne • ^ ^ offem , one hundm | menm employed as a mail csrrier on the 

of lend across from his farm in Star Route between thst plsce sad 

trade for one horse. The writer Burlington. After serving four 

is uninformed as to whether or not years in this capacity he decided to 

the trade was consummsted. 

wss in the days gone by. His many 
friends snd acquaintances through- 
out Boone County and northern 
Kentucky wish for him and his wife 
many more happy years in their 

Nathaniel W. Carpenter 


William Sebree 


Nathaniel Wade Carpenter is a 
prominent fsrmer in the Burlington 
precinct, raising general crops on 
his many fertile acres. He wss 
born in this county on the sixteenth 
of March, 1874, the son of Corne- 
lius snd Agnes Green Carpenter. 
In December 25, 1894 he was united 
in marriage with Minnie Snyder, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. 
Snyder of Grant, Ky. They have no 
children. Mr. Carpenter is s Ma- 
son and is looked upon as s man of 
the highest character, and one ever 
ready to contribute and serve to- 
ward the upbuilding or achievement 
of his community and co 


count i^Jf 

William Sebree is a prosperous 
operator of an extensive farm on 
R. R. 2 in Burlington. He was 
born in Owen county on January 
12, 1866, the son of John snd Re- 
becca Sebree, who brought him to 
Boone County in his early boyhood 
days where he has -remained. He 
was united in msrriage with Miss 
Ryle. They have two children, 
Jennie and Dolpber. Mr. Sebree 
is respected and honored by his 
many friends in his community be- 
cause of his willingness to assist 
snd contribute to any worthy en- 

John W. Conley wss married to 
Kate Ryan in 1889. Both of this 
couple went to the same school, and 
their parents' farms adjoined. 

Mr. Conley was bom on October 
II, 1866, the son of R. A. snd Elis- 
abeth F. Conley. The house in 
which he is now living wss built 
by his grandfather in 1861 and 62, 
during the stirring days of the 
Civil War. 

Mr. R. A. Conley wss a member 
of the Masonic Lodge and a lead- 
ing and upright citisen of his com- 
munity. He hss the respect and 
confidence of all who know him, and 
has proven himself a loyal booster 
for Boone County with his willing- 
ness to cooperate and contribute 
to every cause. '»$. 

go bsrk to the soil, and purchased 
the fsrm which he now owns. 

On Msy 4th, 1918 he was united 
in msrriige with Miss Nannie 
GrxKlridge, this being her second 
msrrisge, her first husband was 
Williitm Msurer, pilot on the 
steamer "Citywnf Clncinnsti" that 
plfed the Ohlw between Louisville 
and Cincinnati. She had ore child. 
Ksthryn Rebecca Msurer, by- her' 
first husband. . Mr. Maurer died 
May 18, 1909. 

Mr. ( ason ia one of the most in- 
fluential men in his community, s 
member of the Bsptist church of 
Belleview. affiliated with the Mod- 
em Woodmen Lodge, and is greatly 
interested in any kind of clean 
sports. Mrs. Cason has been a 
teacher in the rural snd graded 
schools of Boone county for a num- 
ber of years, and is s member of 
the Christian church. '